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Job seekers crowd into the Northwest Georgia Career Expo last month in Rock Spring, Ga. The U.S. Labor Department said Friday that nationwide, employers added 192,000 jobs in March. Hiring increased in 34 states.

March hiring up in 34 states

Hoosier State sees unemployment dip 0.2 points to 5.9%

A job seeker looks for résumé help at a job fair in Atlanta. Unemployment rates dropped in 21 states in March.

– More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2 -year recovery.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16.

The unemployment rate varies from as low as 2.6 percent in North Dakota to as much as 8.7 percent in Rhode Island.

For Indiana, the March rate was 5.9 percent, down slightly from 6.1 percent in February. A year ago in March, the rate was 7.9 percent.

Neighboring Ohio saw 6.1 percent unemployment last month, down from 6.5 percent in February and compared with 7.3 percent in March 2013.

The rate nationwide stayed at 6.7 percent in March for the second consecutive month. That rate stayed flat because someone was hired for almost every person who entered the job market.

Employers added 192,000 jobs nationwide in March, close to the average monthly gains of the past two years.

Ohio had the largest month-to-month drop in its unemployment rate: 0.4 percentage points to 6.1 percent. That steep drop occurred because the state added 12,000 jobs last month, while the total number of people in its job market fell 11,200 to 5.75 million.

Unemployment rates can fall when people leave the job market, as well as when employers hire.

South Carolina had the sharpest 12-month decline in its unemployment rate, falling from 8 percent to 5.5 percent.

North Carolina reported the second-largest year-over-year drop in the unemployment rate: a 2.2 percentage point decrease to 6.3 percent. Part of that decline came from the loss of unemployment benefits for jobless workers. Because those workers needed to look for jobs in order to receive benefits, the loss of the jobless aid likely caused them to give up their hunts and no longer be counted as unemployed.

Unemployment remains elevated in Nevada (8.5 percent), Illinois (8.4 percent), California (8.1 percent) and Kentucky (7.9 percent).

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