Unemployment in metro Fort Wayne increased to 8.5 percent in July as more area Hoosiers had a tough time finding work.
The Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area encompasses Allen, Wells and Whitley counties. The region had an 8.2 percent jobless rate in June.
The rest of the state, however, held steady at a seasonally adjusted rate of 8.4 percent in July, the same as June, according to preliminary figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
“The trade, transportation and utilities sector experienced the largest one-month growth since 1990,” Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the department, said in a statement Monday.
“Initial claims for unemployment insurance in 2013 have been at their lowest levels since 2000, the peak of employment in the Hoosier State.”
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