The number of the unemployed Indiana grew slightly last month while remaining well below the national average, according to an Associated Press report.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday (July 22) that 8.3% of the state’s workforce, or about 267,000 people, applied for unemployment benefits in June. That figure was 8.2% in May.
The unemployment rate for Elkhart County, home to the recreational vehicle industry’s manufacturing hub, was 10.2% in June, the fifth highest in the state. Neighboring St. Joseph County’s was 9.9%.
The national unemployment rate for June was 9.2%.
Indiana’s unemployment rate peaked at 10.6% in June 2009 and has been below double digits since last October.
State officials say private education and health service sectors added 1,300 jobs last month. The hospitality industry shed 3,800 jobs while the manufacturing sector lost 1,700 jobs.