Local unemployment rate still below 5 percent

The local unemployment rate rose slightly in May but remained under 5 percent for the second consecutive month.

Johnson County’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in May, up from 4.6 percent in April. But the rate was still down from 6.4 percent in May 2013, according to data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The county’s unemployment rate had been above 5 percent since the end of 2008.

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 5.7 percent last month, largely because of roughly 2,000 unemployed residents who returned to the workforce. The state’s unemployment rate is down 2 percentage points from one year ago and lower than the national unemployment rate, which is 6.3 percent, a department news release said.

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