October Unemployment Rate at 9.9%

Every Tenth Hoosier Is Unemployed

By Scott Sarvay

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana's unemployment rate edged lower in October, but that's little comfort to the one in ten Hoosiers who are still unemployed.

The state's unemployment rate is 9.9% in October, 3/10ths higher than the nation's unemployment rate of 9.6%.

In Howard County and Kokomo, where President Obama is visiting today, the jobless rate is at 10.9%.

Allen County's and Fort Wayne's jobless rate is pegged at 9.5%; others -- Noble 11.2%, Dekalb 10.2%, Grant 10.2%, LaGrange 10.4%, Steuben 10.2%, Huntington 9.5%, Wabash 9.3%, Adams 9.1%, Whitley 8.8%, Kosciusko 8.6%, Wells 8.3%, Jay 7.9%.

Indiana added 7,600 private sector jobs in October. Total private sector employment has grown by 49,700 (2.1 percent) in 2010. U.S. private sector job growth stands at 1.0 percent.

Indiana and its neighbors, except Michigan, report statistically even unemployment rates.

Indiana - 9.9%
U.S. - 9.6%
Illinois – 9.8%
Kentucky – 10.0%
Ohio – 9.9%
Michigan – 12.8%

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