Local jobless rate drops to lowest since recession began

The local unemployment rate last year fell to its lowest rate since before the economic downturn began, thanks to expansions and added hiring by local companies.

The average unemployment rate in the county fell to 7 percent in 2012, more than a point down from highs in 2009 and 2010, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. That rate is down from 7.7 percent in 2011 and the lowest since 2008, before unemployment rates increased due to the recession.

New businesses located in Johnson County and local companies expanded, helping more workers find jobs last year.

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