Jackson County’s unemployment rate rose last month but remains well below the figure from a year ago.
The local jobless figure also is well below both state and national levels.
The county rate grew 0.6 percentage point to 6.9 percent in November from October, according to an Indiana Department of Workforce Development report.
That report, released last week, shows the county’s work force — those people available for work — declined from 21,548 in November 2011 to 21,245 this November.
That loss of 303 jobs is something that has one of the county’s top economic development officials a little perplexed.
“The companies we are talking with are hiring,” said Jim Plump, executive director of the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp.
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