Urban Areas Seeing High Unemployment Numbers

New metro-level jobs numbers indicate every metropolitan area in Indiana except Columbus saw unemployment go up.

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Indianapolis has lower unemployment than most other metro areas, but still lost jobs in June.

Indiana‘s first uptick in unemployment in nearly a year-and-a-half hit workers in every part of the state. New metro-level jobs numbers indicate every metropolitan area in Indiana except Columbus saw unemployment go up in June.

Muncie saw the biggest spike, with the jobless rate jumping more than a full point to 10.1 percent. Only the hard-hit Elkhart-Goshen area fared worse, at 10.2 percent.

Unlike statewide unemployment, jobless numbers at the metro level are not seasonally adjusted. That may hurt Muncie, Bloomington and Lafayette, as they feel the effects of college students going home for the summer. Those three cities had the biggest unemployment jumps in the state.

The Indianapolis area posted a jobless rate of 8 percent, up from 7.8 percent in May.

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