Nearly 1,200 Cass County residents are on the unemployment rolls, according to the latest jobless data released Wednesday.
The county's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in January landed at 6.4 percent, higher than the county has seen in several months and on par with last January's rate of 6.6 percent.
The county's rate was three-tenths of a point lower than the state's unemployment rate.
The state's seasonally adjusted rate in January landed at 6.2 percent, a little lower than its 6.7 percent unadjusted rate. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development does not generate seasonally adjusted data for the county level.
The size of Cass County's workforce rose by about 500 workers to 18,630 in January and the number of unemployed members of the workforce increased by 191 to 1,199, according to local area unemployment statistics maintained by the INDWD.
Surrounding Cass County, Carroll County had an unemployment rate of 6 percent. White and Pulaski counties had unemployment rates of 6.3 percent in January.
Pulaski's labor force shrunk by 3.4 percent over the year to 6,367 persons and the number of unemployed grew to 400 job seekers, a 4.2 percent increase in the same time period, according to INDWD data.
Fulton County's rate was 7.3 percent and Miami County's was 7.7 percent.
Indiana’s unemployment rate was driven up a tenth of a percent mainly because the size of its labor force grew, according to the INDWD.
Indiana’s labor force participation rate also increased slightly in January to 63.9 percent, and continues to be a full percentage point higher than the national average.
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