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Unemployment in metro Fort Wayne rose last month

Unemployment in metro Fort Wayne last month rose to 5.6 percent from 5.2 percent in May, preliminary figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show.

Fort Wayne's metropolitan statistical area comprises Allen, Wells and Whitley counties.

Statewide, unemployment also increased, rising to 5.9 percent in June from 5.7 percent a month earlier.

“Indiana added more private sector jobs last month than any other June on record, which is quite significant,” Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said in a statement.

“The Hoosier labor force has also grown by more than 43,000 in 2014 alone. There is definitely more work to do, but it remains clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and good jobs are available," he added.

State officials said Hoosier unemployment rose primarily because 4,000 individuals returned to the labor force to look for work.

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pwyche@jg.net

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