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Fort Wayne's March unemployment rate is best in several years

Unemployment in metro Fort Wayne saw a nice drop in March as the jobless rate slid to 5.7 percent from 6.2 percent a month earlier, according to state figures released Monday.

That's the best showing in several years.

And the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said the state's 5.9 percent rate in March is the lowest since July 2008.

Cause for optimism?

"Our rate has dropped by two percentage points in one year, which is the third largest decline in the nation," Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of Workforce Development, said in a statement. "The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014 alone, which is also remarkable."

Metropolitan Fort Wayne comprises Allen, Wells and Whitley counties.

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pwyche@jg.net

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