County jobless rate falls to 6.2%




The local unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level in more than a year last month.

In September, Johnson County’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, a drop from the August rate of 6.9 percent.

In September 2011, the local rate was 7.7 percent, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Unemployment rates across the state and nation dipped last month.

Statewide, the rate dropped to 8.2 percent, a slight decrease from the August rate of 8.3 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to 7.8 percent, from 8.1 percent in August, the state report said.

The decrease in the state’s rate was the first in months, according to a news release from the state office.

In Johnson County, rates have fluctuated in recent months, but the September rate is the county’s lowest in more than a year.

Across central Indiana, other counties also saw significant decreases.

In Hendricks County, the rate dropped to 6 percent, from 6.5 percent in August. And in Hamilton County, the rate dropped to 5.3 percent, from 5.8 percent in August, according to the state report.

A report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Indiana lost 6,000 private sector jobs last month, the first monthly decline in nearly a year, according to the news release.

But despite September’s losses, private sector jobs in Indiana have grown by more than 43,000 in 2012 and the state’s growth rate of 1.8 percent is higher than the national growth rate of 1.2 percent, the release said.

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