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County sees unemployment dip below 8 percent

 

The unemployment rate in LaGrange County took a significant drop in April as the county added nearly 300 jobs. The county’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent, down from the March revised rate of 8.3 percent. A year ago, the county was at 8.7 percent.

According to the numbers released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the county added 281 jobs, with 14,332 listed as employed. The number of residents listed as unemployed dropped by 158 to 1,106. Meanwhile, the county’s labor force increased by 123 to 15,438.

The low rate puts the county below the state’s average of 7.7 percent, and ranks the county at 61st in the state.

The state as a whole saw a similar 1.1 percent drop in April, down from the 8.6 revised March rate.

Indianacontinues to see strong job growth, according to information released by the state. Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April, adding 15,400 jobs, 3,000 more than second place Texas. The private sector growth of 0.6 percent is six times the national average.

Texasoutpaced Indiana by 100 jobs in manufacturing growth for the month, with Indiana adding a reported 6,200 jobs in manufacturing.

Indianaranks well within the top 10 states in the country for construction job growth, leisure and hospitality growth, and professional and business services growth in April.