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Area employment picture brightens in latest report

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Bartholomew County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April dropped to 3.9 percent, the fourth-lowest rate in the state.

In 2013, Bartholomew County’s April unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

The labor force estimates for the Columbus metropolitan statistical area show the county has about 2,000 more people in the labor force than a year ago.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 5.7 percent in April, marking the ninth month in a row of unemployment rate declines, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday.

Indiana’s labor force increased by 11,700 in April, marking the seventh-straight month of labor force growth. Additionally, Indiana’s labor force participation rate exceeded the national rate in April for the first time since July 2009.

The three lowest unemployment rates were Dubois County at 3.5 percent, Hamilton County at 3.6 percent and Daviess County at 3.8 percent.

The highest unemployment rates were reported in Vermillion County at 8.2 percent, Fayette County at 7.6 percent and Lake County at 7.6 percent.

Indiana added 4,400 private-sector jobs in April. Since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, Indiana has added a total of 220,300 private-sector jobs, one-third of which have come from the manufacturing sector alone at 75,200.

Indiana’s labor force increased by 11,700 in April, marking the seventh-straight month of labor force growth, workforce development officials reported.

Claims for state unemployment insurance in April were nearly 10,000 below year-ago levels, said Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Initial claims and continued claims are now at levels not seen since 2000.

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