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Area unemployment decreases to 5 percent

Area unemployment decreased for the second consecutive month to 5 percent – beating both the state and nation in April. Metropolitan Fort Wayne, which comprises Allen, Wells and Whitley counties, celebrated its lowest jobless showing in six years in March at 5.7 percent. On Friday, figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed the downward trend continuing.

The rest of the state had a seasonally-adjusted 5.7 percent unemployment rate in April, down from 5.9 percent a month earlier. Nationwide, seasonally-adjusted joblessness stood at 6.3 percent last month, compared to 6.7 percent in March.

“April’s job numbers maintained the positive economic trend for 2014 in the Hoosier State,” Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said in a statement.

“Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to drop because more Hoosiers are going back to work as our labor force continues to grow,” he said, “which is not the case with some of our neighboring states or the national trend as a whole.”

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