Unemployment figures stay steady in February

Elkhart County's jobless rate hovered at 6.2 percent for February, which was unchanged since May 2008.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.

Elkhart County's 6.2 percent unemployment rate in February was unchanged from January, which was the lowest since May 2008, according to statistics released Friday, March 28.

Indiana's non-seasonally adjusted rate was 6.9 percent in February, up from 6.5 percent in January but still below the U.S. rate of 7 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

When adjusting for seasonal factors, the state posted a 6.1 percent rate for February, down from 6.4 percent in January. Seasonally adjusted rates for the U.S. were 6.6 percent in January and 6.7 percent in February.

Indiana's 6.1 percent seasonally adjusted rate remained lower than all neighboring states. Ohio had 6.5 percent, Michigan 7.7 percent, Kentucky 7.8 percent and Illinois 8.7 percent.

Using the seasonally adjusted figures, Indiana's rate is more than one-half of a percentage point below the national rate for the first time in a decade, the DWD said. The state has added 14,000 jobs in two months, despite the harsh winter.

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