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After shooting from 6.7 percent to 15.9 percent from March to April, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Indiana Micropolitan Statistical Area, also known as Indiana County, dropped in May to 12.9 percent, according to figures released today by the state Department of Labor & Industry.

The percentages reflect a drop of 1,000 in the total number out of work, from 6,000 in April to 5,000 in May, while the labor force rose from 37,900 to 38,900.

Indiana County had seen rising unemployment prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 4.8 percent reported to be out of work in May 2019.

The Indiana figures for May run parallel to those for Pennsylvania as a whole, where the seasonally adjusted jobless rate also fell by 3.0 percent, to 13.1 percent. The national unemployment rate fell by 1.4 percent in May to 13.2 percent.

Despite the reduction Indiana slipped from 26th to 32nd place among the state’s 67 counties, but it was ahead of all neighboring counties except Jefferson (28th place with 12.5 percent unemployment). Clearfield had 13.2 percent unemployment, Armstrong and Cambria each had 13.7 percent, and Westmoreland was at 14.0 percent in May.

Total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted) in the Indiana area increased by 5.2 percent over the month, or 1,400, to 28,400.

Among those listings that are not seasonally adjusted, mining, logging, and construction jobs were up by 1,000 and leisure and hospitality jobs were up by 300 in Indiana County.