Indiana unemployment drops to 8.5 percent

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent last month.  That’s below the nation’s average jobless rate.  Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Mark Everson says the new rate means this is the first time since 1993 that Indiana’s unemployment rate has fallen by a full percentage point within a three-month period.  December’s jobless rate was 9.5 percent.  In the IPR listening area and leading the state, Fayette County continues to hold the highest unemployment rate at 12.5 percent.  Indiana’s jobless rate of 8.5 percent is lower than the rates of all neighboring states for the second month in a row.

March unemployment rates by counties can be found here.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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