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Local jobless rate near state average

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One in 10 local workers unemployed in April

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - Perry County's unemployment rate dropped slightly in April, state statistics show, matching an even smaller decline statewide.

The percentage of Perry County workers unemployed in April stood at 10 percent, down from 10.4 percent in March but more than double the 4-percent jobless rate in April 2008. An estimated 990 men and women in the county's 9,222-person work force were out of jobs in April, down from 1,028 in March.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Indiana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 9.9 percent, a one-tenth of a percent decrease from March. An estimated 314,000 Hoosiers were out of work in April.

Perry County's jobless rate was ranked 51st highest among the state's 92 counties, while neighboring Spencer County ranked 66th with an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. Crawford County's 12.1 percent jobless rate was 19th highest while Dubois County, at 7.2 percent, ranked 86th.