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Indiana jobless rate up slightly to 8 percent

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate moved up slightly to 8.0 percent for June, marking the first increase since last summer.

Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana’s jobless rate went up from May’s 7.9 percent, with nearly 266,000 people looking for jobs last month.

The state’s jobless rate has been going down steadily since it was at 9.3 percent last August. The new state rate is slightly below the national mark of 8.2 percent.

State officials say Indiana has a job growth rate of 1.5 percent so far this year, topping the national rate of 0.9 percent.

Eastern Indiana’s Fayette County has the state’s highest unemployment mark for June at 11.4 percent.

 

Posted 7/20/2012