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Indiana Unemployment Rate Worsens Again

Sep 21, 2018
Indiana's unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in nearly a year at 3.5 percent. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose again last month to 3.5 percent – its highest rate this year.

That’s despite other, positive signs for the Hoosier State’s economy.

The Indiana private sector added 3,600 jobs last month. Gains came from the financial sector and the construction industry.

July marks the first time in about seven years the Indiana unemployment rate got worse in two consecutive months. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose again in July, the second consecutive month the rate worsened. 

There are five times as many people employed in the clean energy industry than in fossil fuel jobs in Indiana, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Clean Energy Trust. 

Clean Energy Jobs Grow In Indiana, Midwest

Sep 7, 2017

The number of clean energy jobs grew by 8 percent in Indiana from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from Clean Energy Trust and E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Clean energy jobs include anything from renewable energy generation and construction to energy efficiency, says Gail Parson, director of state engagement for E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs, which helped write the report.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Brings Pro-Worker Rally To Indy

Aug 21, 2017

Sanders' speech hit many of the same topics he focused on during the 2016 election – tuition-free college, universal healthcare, and higher taxes for the wealthy. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with local union workers in Indianapolis Monday to kick off a Midwest tour.

Sanders' speech hit many of the same topics he focused on during the 2016 election – tuition-free college, universal healthcare and higher taxes for the wealthy.

More than two-thirds of people who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed. Technology to help them enter the workforce is rapidly developing and recent advances could help level the playing field for blind job seekers in Indiana.

Jim Durst has been the superintendent of the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired for 26 years. He says students want to work when they leave – and they can do the job.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues Steady Decline

Jul 21, 2017

Indiana’s June unemployment rate dropped to 3.0 percent, bolstered by private sector growth. That growth helped fuel a 0.2 percent decline in Indiana’s unemployment rate, the lowest rate since November 2000.

The private sector added more than 10,100 jobs last month, primarily due to growth in business, educational and health services.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Early 2001

May 19, 2017

The unemployment rate declined in April for the second consecutive month, down 0.3 of a percent to 3.6 percent. That’s the biggest single month drop since late 2010. And 3.6 percent is the lowest rate since February 2001.

But the Hoosier private sector lost 9,300 jobs last month. That’s the largest single month decline since June 2009. The losses were led by the manufacturing and private educational and health services sectors. And the private sector has now shed jobs four of the last five months.

The Hoosier unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percent to 4.1 percent last month. That’s the first increase since January of last year. The rate is still lower than the national average and all neighboring states.

After two consecutive months of declines, the private sector added jobs in February – 4,400 for the month. The surge was led by the manufacturing industry.

 

Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than 15 years.

The Indiana unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percent in December, falling to 4 percent. That’s the third consecutive month the rate went down. It’s the largest three-month decline in nearly two years. And 4 percent is Indiana’s lowest rate since May 2001.

Yet the state’s private sector lost 6,000 jobs last month. Almost all of that – 5,900 jobs – came from the private education services sector. Only the manufacturing and construction industries added jobs in December.

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