Cass County's unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.5 percent, according to workforce figures released today.
Statewide, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady for May at 5.7 percent, mostly because of the roughly 2,000 Hoosiers returning to job-searching after having dropped out of the labor force.
About 4,800 private-sector jobs were added in May across Indiana, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Those jobs were focused mainly in the private educational and health services sector and the professional and business services sector.
The workforce in Cass County grew by more than 100 workers or job-seekers to 17,770. The number of unemployed rose to 985, up from 948 in April, according to historical data archived in Hoosiers by the Numbers, a DWD online database.
Today's data indicated Cass County's unemployment rate had fallen by more than 2 percentage points over the past year. In May 2013, 7.6 percent of Cass workers were unemployed.
This May's unemployment numbers landed Cass in the middle of the pack of area counties, as has happened regularly over the past several months.
Carroll and Pulaski counties had unemployment rates of 4.8 percent, the lowest of the six counties surrounding Cass. White County had a 5.1 percent unemployment rate.
All those and Cass had unemployment rates below the state's non-seasonally-adjusted employment rate of 5.8 percent. The state unemployment rate is adjusted for predictable seasonal variations, but that adjustment is not made for county rates.
Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent. Miami's was 7.1 percent and Howard's was 6.4 percent.
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