Indiana's unemployment rate soared to 8.2 percent in December, one of the largest jumps in jobless rates in the nation.
Unemployment in Northwest Indiana increased in line with the rest of the state, where the jobless rate nearly doubled from the same time last year.
The monthly unemployment report, released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, showed Porter County coming in under the state average at 7.4 percent, but above the national average of 7.2 percent, while Lake County weighed in at 8.6 percent and LaPorte County stood at 9.2 percent.
East Chicago took the biggest hit locally, with unemployment jumping to 12.8 percent, third-highest in the state.
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