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Bartholomew County in 2012 had the best job market in four years — but the torrential job growth from the early part of the year, which was among the best in the nation, slowed to a trickle at the end of the year.
The December unemployment rate, at 6.6 percent, was the lowest rate recorded in a December since 2008 — but it also was the highest rate this year since February.
While the rate had fallen by 0.1 percentage points from December 2011, it was up 0.7 percentage points from November 2012.
Comparing December 2011 to December 2012, the county's employers added 243 jobs — the smallest year-over-year increase in more than two years. It also was significantly below the growth recorded in the last three months of 2011 and the first four months of 2012, when year-over-year job gains on average exceeded 3,100.
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