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IN unemployment rate declines in May, mostly up for the region

Indiana’s unemployment rate declined in May as the private sector added 9,000 jobs during the month, according to new data released Friday. The rate is 8.3%, down 0.2% from April.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports employment of Hoosiers is now at pre-recession levels not seen since July of 2008.

Unemployment in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties is mostly up for May. Benton County saw the largest decline at 0.6% to 8.2%. There was a 0.1% decline in Clinton and White counties.

Tippecanoe, Carroll and Montgomery counties saw their unemployment rates go up about half a percent. In Fountain and Warren counties the jobless rate shot up roughly 2%.

In West Lafayette, unemployment jumped 1.2% due to a nearly 2% increase in the labor force. The jobless rate in Lafayette is 8.3%, up from 8% in April.

  • Benton Co.  8.2%,  down 0.6%
  • Carroll Co.  7.4%, up 0.4%
  • Clinton Co.  7.8%, down 0.1%
  • Fountain Co.  12%,  up 2.2%
  • Montgomery Co.  7.9%,  up 0.5%
  • Tippecanoe Co.  7.2%,  up 0.5%
  • Warren Co.  9.4%,  up 1.9%
  • White Co.  7.4%,  down 0.1%
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