01/21/13 Indianaâ€™s private sector employment grew by 8,300 jobs in December, further bolstering a remarkable year of job gains.Â The Hoosier State added nearly 54,000 jobs in 2012, the largest growth in a calendar year in over a decade.
Private sector employment in Indiana is not at almost 97 percent of pre-recession levels.Â Claims for unemployment insurance continue to remain below 2005 levels.
Although the state wants folks to think things are getting better in Marshall County, the unemployment rate increased a half a point from 8.5 to 9.0.Â This ranks our county at 37 of the 92 counties.Â Looking at the counties surrounding us youâ€™ll find Starke County at number 6 with a rate of 10.8. Saint Joseph County is 27th with a rate of 9.4 and Elkhart is 29th with a rate of 9.3.Â Other counties include Fulton ranked 36th with a rate of 8.9 and Kosciusko ranked 71st with a rate of 7.4.Â Topping the list in December was Vermillion County with a rate of 12.2 and at the bottom of the 92 counties youâ€™ll find DuBois with a rate of 5.9.
â€śAs evidenced by our December employment number, Indiana experienced an exceptional year of job growth in 2012,â€ť said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development.Â â€śThe Hoosier State has increased private sector employment by nearly 157,000 since 2009, the low point of employment in our state, and has been a national leader in job growth during that period.â€ť
Sanders also noted that while private sector employment increased significantly in December, Indianaâ€™s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 8.2 percent mainly due to more than 7,000 unemployed Hoosiers returning to the labor force to look for work.