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Unemployment stays steady for February

LaGrange County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for February.

Numbers released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for February show an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, one-tenth of a percent higher than in January.

A year ago, the February unemployment rate was at 7.2 percent. The numbers show that there are 220 more residents in the labor force from a year ago, with 499 additional jobs reported. The number of unemployed dropped by 279 over the past year.

LaGrange County now ranks near the bottom of the state’s unemployment rate, ranked 88th out of 92 counties.

Surrounding counties continue to have a higher unemployment rate, with Steuben County at 7.0, Noble at 6.5 and Elkhart County at 6.2 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent from January to 6.1 percent. Vermillion County leads the state with an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent. Hamilton County has the lowest rate in the state at 4.6 percent.