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County's unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent


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INDIANAPOLIS — Bartholomew County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in December, tied for second-lowest in the state with Hamilton and Daviess counties.

In November, the county also tied for the second-lowest rate in the state at 5.3 percent.

Dubois County had the lowest rate in the state at 4.2 percent. Jennings County was listed with a 6.9 percent unemployment rate.

Overall, Indiana’s unemployment rate has dropped to 6.9 percent, reaching its lowest level in more than five years.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana’s jobless rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point last month. The unemployment rate for December is the state’s lowest since October 2008, when many job cuts were taking place as the recession deepened.

The state’s jobless rate has been dropping since the summer after having been long stuck above 8 percent.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.7 percent. The new report shows nearly 220,000 people were looking for jobs last month in Indiana.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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