Unemployment rates for Indiana and Ohio jumped between December and January, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures released by the states Wednesday.
Increases were more modest in northeast Indiana. But for the four counties along Ohio's northwestern border, they were severe as they were for the state as a whole.
Indiana unemployment rose to 10.6 percent in January from 9.7 percent in December and 9.8 percent in January 2009.
Ohio unemployment rose to 11.8 percent in January from 10.7 percent in December and 9.6 percent in January 2009.
U.S. unemployment was 10.6 percent in January, 9.7 percent in December and 8.5 percent in January 2009.
Of the 11 northeast Indiana counties, Noble County had the worst unemployment in January at 14.4 percent – second-worst of Indiana's 92 counties.
Whitley County saw the region's biggest jump – to 12 percent in January from 11 percent in December. LaGrange County saw the biggest drop – to 13.3 percent in January from 13.7 percent in December.
Allen County unemployment rose to 10.7 percent in January from 10.1 percent in December.
In northwest Ohio, Williams County had the 12th-worst unemployment of the state's 88 counties – 16.4 percent. Williams, Paulding and Van Wert counties each saw unemployment increase a percentage point or more between December and January.
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