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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Both Indiana as a whole and the Columbus area had slightly brighter jobs outlooks based on September unemployment numbers released by the state Workforce Development agency today.
In the Columbus area, the state Department of Workforce Development agency reported there are 2,114 more people employed than in September of last year, and the area's labor force — consisting of people with jobs or others actively seeking one — also increased year over year.
The Columbus area and Bartholomew County jobless rates were each reported as 5.4 percent, tied with Daviess County for third-lowest in the state, trailing only Dubois (4.9 percent) and Hamilton (5.3 percent) counties. Those local rates were not seasonally adjusted.
The seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate edged lower in September to 8.2 percent, a drop of 0.1 percentage points from a month earlier and a full percentage point better than September 2011's 9.2 percent rate.
For Indiana overall, the number of people employed stayed virtually flat in September compared to a year earlier. The statewide labor force increased by nearly 8,000 from August's revised data.
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