Unemployment Levels In State, Rises In NE Indiana (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) – More people are losing jobs in Northeast Indiana, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The department released unemployment numbers Monday. Although the statewide unemployment rate has stayed at 8.4 percent from July 2012 to July 2013, unfortunately for many counties in Northeast Indiana the rate has risen just in the past month.

Allen and Huntington Counties are just two examples, with Allen County jumping from 8.3 percent in June of this year to 8.6 percent in July.

Huntington County was hit much harder. Unemployment there rose from 8.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July.

This means fewer people are employed now than two months ago, which could be contributed to the recent shut downs of Unilever's Breyers ice cream plant and Huntington Electric, both in Huntington County.

In contrast however, the national unemployment rate dropped from 8.2 percent in July 2012 to 7.4 percent in July 2013.

According to Indiana Workforce Development, Indiana has experienced significant growth in the private sector, but has lost approximately 5,400 jobs in the construction and manufacturing sector, which is one of the industries Northeast Indiana is known for.

As of July 2013, Fayette County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent, and Dubois County has the lowest with 5.7 percent.

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