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Indiana Unemployment Up While Illinois Rate Goes Down

According the latest numbers, Indiana’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.9 percent in June.

That would be the state’s first increase in almost two years.

Western Indiana’s Vermillion County has the state’s highest jobless rate at 8.8 percent.

State officials say Indiana gained 10,000 private sector jobs in June, but that the jobless rate rose because about 4,000 people rejoined the labor force looking for jobs.

Indiana is below the national mark of 6.1 percent.

In Illinois, the unemployment rate is a full point above the national average but it is down in June to 7.1 percent.

That was the fourth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate.

Illinois added 6,000 jobs for the month but lost 1,500 manufacturing jobs in June.