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Jobless rate rose in metro Fort Wayne last month

Unemployment in metro Fort Wayne rose last month, but still managed to stay well below 6 percent.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development on Friday reported the region saw the jobless rate in May rise to 5.3 percent from 5 percent a month earlier. Metropolitan Fort Wayne comprises Allen, Wells and Whitley counties.

Statewide, unemployment remained unchanged at a seasonally-adjusted rate of 5.7 percent, which state officials attribute to about 2,000 individuals returning to look for work.

“The Hoosier labor force has grown significantly for the past eight months in a row,” Scott B. Sanders, workforce development commissioner, said in a statement.

“This is not the case with some of our neighboring states who have experienced unemployment rate declines due to decreases in their labor force,” he said. “It is clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and that good jobs are available.”

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