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Indiana unemployment rate stays at 8.7%

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The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state's unemployment rate stayed at 8.7% in March.

Indiana's rate remains above the national rate, which fell to 7.6% in March.

The Department of Workforce Development says the state saw an increase in the number of manufacturing jobs, production hours and durable goods production employment during the month, all of which they say may point to sustained growth and future expansion potential. At 19.7%, Indiana has the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs of any state.

The Department says Indiana's manufacturing job growth rate (14.9%) and number of jobs added (63,700) since July 2009 the second highest in the country behind Michigan.

There were some concerns in the report. It showed the state lost 11,000 private sector jobs over the last month, the bulk coming from Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector. The state says could be evidence of some uncertainty in the market and the recent unseasonable weather.

Region

March 2013

Feb. 2013

Change

US (seasonally adjusted)

7.6

7.7

-.1

Indiana (seasonally adjusted)

8.7

8.7

0

Elkhart-Goshen MSA

9.4

9.7

-.3

Michigan City MSA

11.6

11.9

-.3

South Bend MSA

10.0

10.2

-.2

Elkhart County

9.4

9.7

-.3

Fulton County

10.0

10.3

-.3

Kosciusko County

7.6

7.7

-.1

LaGrange County

8.2

8.2

0

LaPorte County

11.6

11.9

-.3

Marshall County

9.5

9.7

-.2

Pulaski County

7.6

8.1

-.5

Saint Joseph County

10.5

10.6

-.1

Starke County

11.6

12.2

-.6

Elkhart (city)

11.4

11.6

-.2

Goshen

8.5

9.1

-.6

Michigan City

12.6

12.7

-.1

Mishawaka

10.3

10.3

0

South Bend

12.2

12.2

0

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