June Unemployment Figures Released

By Peter Neumann

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 17, 2009 at 5:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (Indiana's NewsCenter)-The latest unemployment numbers are out and some believe it may be an indicator that things are getting better, slowly. Although national and state numbers did rise, some areas hit hardest by unemployment actually saw a drop this month.

The Hoosier State's overall unemployment rate for June is up slightly to 10.6%. That's more than one percentage point higher than the national average of 9.5%. Howard and Elkhart counties top the list at 19.7% and 16.8%. In our viewing area, Noble County is the third highest in the state at 16.7%. Steuben County is 14.9%, Adams County is 14.8% and Huntington is 14.3%. They are ranked 10th, 11th and 12th in the state, respectively. Noble, Steuben, Adams and Wells Counties all saw a slight drop in unemployment.

Tracy Davis, Manager of WorkOne Northeast Indiana says "We have heard some of the higher profile employers going back to work and calling back more employees. That is an indication that our numbers and our unemployment rate is going down. Probably not as quickly as a lot of us would like to see but it is a trend swinging in the right direction."

Allen, Wabash, Whitley and Huntington counties saw a slight increase of less than one percentage point.

INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2009 - PRESS RELEASE) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released Indiana’s June employment report. (Fort Wayne's unemployment pushed to 11.3% in June, higher than the state's June figure of 10.7%.)

Indiana’s preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate showed little change in June. The rate of 10.7 percent marks an increase of 0.1 percent from May, which is considered statistically insignificant. The national unemployment rate increased in June by the same 0.1 percent to 9.5 percent.

Indiana reported the smallest unemployment increase among its neighboring states. Illinois increased 0.2 percent to 10.3 percent. Kentucky’s unemployment rate surpassed Indiana’s rate by climbing 0.3 percent to 10.9 percent. Ohio jumped 0.3 percent to 11.1 percent. Michigan continues to lead the nation in unemployment following a 1.1 percent increase to 15.2 percent.

“We are starting to see a few encouraging signs despite continued losses in the manufacturing sector. Indiana added 5,000 service jobs last month and the number of ‘Help Wanted’ ads has grown for the past two months; new job postings declined nationally in June,” said Teresa Voors, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate peaked at 12.8 percent in November 1982. Indiana’s unemployment rate stood at 5.6 percent in June 2008.

Kokomo is at 19.2%, while Elkhart showed a slight decline from May's 17.5%, to 16.8% in June.

A county-by-county breakdown for June:
Adams - 14.8%
Allen - 11%
DeKalb - 13.9%
GRant - 13.7%
Huntington - 14.3%
Kosciusko - 12%
LaGrange - 15.8%
Noble - 16.7%
Steuben - 14.9%
Wabash - 13.8%
Wells - 11.3%
Whitley - 13.9%

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