Indiana's Unemployment Rate By the Numbers

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Unemployment rates in six states and the District of Columbia fell in January, with jobless rates stable in 44 states.

The Department of Labor says the seasonally-adjusted mark for January was 3.5 percent, unchanged from December and down from 3.9 percent in January 2017. The United States' jobless rate remained steady at 4.1 percent between December and January.

The rates in Alabama (3.7 percent), California (4.4 percent), ME (3.0 percent), and MS (4.6 percent) set new series lows, according to the BLS, which began the current series in 1976.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released county unemployment estimates for the month of January on March 13. There were no big winners other than construction, with a 1 percent gain (28,600) jobs. The rise in the unemployment rate locally was accounted for by higher total labor force figures. Most of the loss occurred in administrative and support services (-4,300), a subsector which includes employment agencies.

Manufacturing jobs were up by more than 3,100 in January.

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The revised data show that over the December 2016 - December 2017 period, five of nine major private industry sectors of the New Jersey economy added jobs.

But for the fifth consecutive month, Indiana's labor force shrunk.

The largest decline was in professional and business services, which lost 2,300 jobs.

Preliminary BLS data for February will be released on March 22nd.

All Wiregrass counties have jobless rates that are at least 1.4 percent below what they were at this time past year.

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