Indiana’s unemployment rate declined in May as the private sector added 9,000 jobs during the month, according to new data released Friday. The rate is 8.3%, down 0.2% from April.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports employment of Hoosiers is now at pre-recession levels not seen since July of 2008.
Unemployment in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties is mostly up for May. Benton County saw the largest decline at 0.6% to 8.2%. There was a 0.1% decline in Clinton and White counties.
Tippecanoe, Carroll and Montgomery counties saw their unemployment rates go up about half a percent. In Fountain and Warren counties the jobless rate shot up roughly 2%.
In West Lafayette, unemployment jumped 1.2% due to a nearly 2% increase in the labor force. The jobless rate in Lafayette is 8.3%, up from 8% in April.
- Benton Co. 8.2%, down 0.6%
- Carroll Co. 7.4%, up 0.4%
- Clinton Co. 7.8%, down 0.1%
- Fountain Co. 12%, up 2.2%
- Montgomery Co. 7.9%, up 0.5%
- Tippecanoe Co. 7.2%, up 0.5%
- Warren Co. 9.4%, up 1.9%
- White Co. 7.4%, down 0.1%