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Indiana's jobless rate falls in February

But Fort Wayne area's rate slightly higher

Indiana’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate inched downward in February to 6.1 percent, more than half a percentage point better than the national rate of 6.7 percent, officials announced today.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in January.

But counties across northeast Indiana didn’t share the state’s progress. Nine counties saw jobless rates move slightly higher in February compared to the previous month, with increases ranging from 0.1 percentage point to 0.3 percentage point.

Fort Wayne’s metropolitan statistical area saw its jobless rate increase last month to 6.2 percent from 6 percent. The local MSA comprises Allen, Wells and Whitley counties.

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