Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.5 percent for December. That’s the lowest jobless figure for the Hoosier state since early 2009, but is a tenth of a percent higher than the national rate. Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development says private sector jobs declined this month, but overall, the state has added 36,400 private sector jobs in 2010. Commissioner Mark Everson says the year saw the most growth in manufacturing and professional and business services. Most IPR counties hold an unemployment rate of between nine and eleven percent… and all IPR counties show improvements from last month, with the exception of Shelby and Tipton counties. Fayette County again holds the highest IPR-area unemployment – and second-highest in the state – at 12.5 percent.
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