by Sarah Einselen
---- — Cass County's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percent in February to 6.8 percent, according to data released Friday.
The latest unemployment report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed the state's jobless rate fell to a seasonally-adjusted 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent in January. The state's labor force also expanded by close to 14,000.
Cass's labor force expanded 2.3 percent to 17,698, of which 1,211 were unemployed.
The non-seasonally adjusted numbers put Cass in the middle of the area's unemployment rates. White County's also stands at 6.8 percent, but Carroll's and Pulaski's are lower, at 6.5 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively. All four counties had rates lower than the state's non-seasonally adjusted rate of 6.9 percent.
Fulton County's jobless rate was reported at 7.8 percent. Miami's was 8.3 percent and Howard's was at 7.3 percent.
Several sectors across the state gained jobs — leisure and hospitality, construction, trade, transportation and manufacturing all posted job increases.
Private educational and health services, professional and business services and financial activities sectors posted job losses statewide.
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME
Jobless rates Cass County 6.8 percent Carroll 6.5 White 6.8 Pulaski 6.2 Fulton 7.8 Miami 8.3 Howard 7.3 Indiana 6.9 All numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development