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Jobless rate drops in Fort Wayne metro area

FORT WAYNE -- Unemployment in metropolitan Fort Wayne retreated some in February with an 8.9 percent jobless rate, state officials said Friday.

The results are better than January’s 9.1 percent showing, according to preliminary data from the Department of Workforce Development. Metro Fort Wayne is composed of Allen, Whitley and Wells counties.

The rest of Indiana, however, saw the number of Hoosiers out of work increase in February with a seasonally adjusted rate of 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent in January.

“While the extraordinary jump in the Hoosier labor force over the past two months tells us folks are optimistic about Indiana’s economic recovery, the unemployment rate is still too high,” Scott Sanders, commissioner of the department, said in a statement. “Job growth is certainly moving in the right direction, but there is definitely a good deal more work to do.”

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