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More Jackson County residents were on the job in November than in October, but not enough to keep the county’s unemployment rate from rising for a second month in a row.

An additional 132 people were employed in November compared with October, when 20,535 were working, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county’s labor force also grew to 21,965 in November, but the number of people reporting they were unemployed and looking for jobs was 1,298. That left the county with an estimated unemployment rate of 5.9 percent for November, up from October’s 5.7 percent.

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