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Verbatim: Indiana jobless rate holds steady

Statement issued Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development:

INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2010) - Indiana's preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for January 2010 did not change from the revised December 2009 rate of 9.7 percent (-0.2 percent). Indiana matched the national rate of 9.7 percent.

"Similar to the rest of the nation, Indiana isn't seeing much change right now," said Teresa Voors, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. "Indiana's unemployment rate appears to be holding relatively stable based on the slowing of job losses."

Seasonally-adjusted total non-farm employment in Indiana declined by 2,000 in January. Sectors reporting significant employment increases include: Manufacturing (3,900), Financial Activities (600) and Professional and Business Services (600). Sectors reporting significant employment declines include: Private Education and Health Services (-5,700), Leisure and Hospitality (-2,600) and Construction (-2,200).

Indiana continues to report the lowest unemployment among its neighboring states. Ohio's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.8 percent. Illinois increased 0.3 percent to 11.3 percent. Kentucky increased 0.1 percent to 10.7 percent. Michigan's unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percent to 14.3 percent.

Comparing employment data year-to-year, Indiana's unemployment rate increased approximately half as much as the U.S. and neighboring Midwest states. Indiana's unemployment rate grew 0.9 percent from the January 2009 rate of 8.8 percent. Kentucky climbed 1.6 percent. Ohio increased 2.2 percent. Michigan grew 3.0 percent. Illinois jumped 3.2 percent. The US unemployment rate increased 2.0 percent from January 2009.

Where they stand

Rankings for January 2010:

1 ELKHART 15.6

2 NOBLE 14.4

3 VERMILLION 14.4

4 FAYETTE 13.9

5 STARKE 13.7

6 HENRY 13.4

7 LAGRANGE 13.3

8 HOWARD 13.2

9 MIAMI 13.1

10 STEUBEN 13.1

11 TIPTON 13.1

12 BLACKFORD 13.0

13 CRAWFORD 13.0

14 JENNINGS 13.0

15 NEWTON 13.0

16 LAPORTE 12.8

17 PUTNAM 12.8

18 BROWN 12.6

19 RANDOLPH 12.6

20 FULTON 12.5

21 DECATUR 12.4

22 MARSHALL 12.4

23 WHITE 12.3

24 DEKALB 12.2

25 LAWRENCE 12.2

26 WAYNE 12.2

27 HUNTINGTON 12.0

28 SCOTT 12.0

29 WHITLEY 12.0

30 JASPER 11.9

31 ADAMS 11.8

32 FRANKLIN 11.8

33 RIPLEY 11.8

34 SAINT JOSEPH 11.8

35 DELAWARE 11.7

36 MADISON 11.7

37 WASHINGTON 11.7

38 FOUNTAIN 11.6

39 ORANGE 11.6

40 WABASH 11.6

41 CLAY 11.5

42 GRANT 11.5

43 OHIO 11.5

44 SULLIVAN 11.4

45 VIGO 11.4

46 CASS 11.3

47 LAKE 11.3

48 BENTON 11.2

49 KOSCIUSKO 11.1

50 SHELBY 11.1

51 PARKE 11.0

52 CARROLL 10.8

53 CLINTON 10.8

54 DEARBORN 10.8

55 JEFFERSON 10.8

56 RUSH 10.8

57 ALLEN 10.7

58 MORGAN 10.7

59 PERRY 10.7

60 JAY 10.5

61 UNION 10.5

62 OWEN 10.1

63 PULASKI 10.1

64 SPENCER 10.1

65 HARRISON 10.0

66 MONTGOMERY 10.0

67 PORTER 9.9

68 BARTHOLOMEW 9.8

69 GREENE 9.8

70 JACKSON 9.8

71 MARION 9.8

72 WELLS 9.8

73 HANCOCK 9.5

74 CLARK 9.4

75 TIPPECANOE 9.4

76 WARREN 9.4

77 PIKE 9.2

78 FLOYD 9.0

79 VANDERBURGH 8.8

80 JOHNSON 8.7

81 SWITZERLAND 8.7

82 BOONE 8.5

83 POSEY 8.5

84 WARRICK 8.5

85 HENDRICKS 8.4

86 GIBSON 8.1

87 KNOX 7.9

88 DUBOIS 7.8

89 MARTIN 7.7

90 HAMILTON 7.2

91 MONROE 7.0

92 DAVIESS 6.3

INDIANA 10.6

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