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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.

Indiana Unemployment Remains Unchanged In May

Jun 15, 2018

Indiana’s unemployment rate held steady in May at 3.2 percent. That marks the longest stretch Indiana’s unemployment rate has gone unchanged since October of 2012.

The 3.2 percent rate held steady since February, again equaling its lowest level in nearly 18 years.

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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Indiana’s unemployment rate ended 2015 by remaining stable at 4.4-percent, according to a year-end jobs report. 

The state’s private sector made no ground in adding jobs last month.

The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate remained unchanged for four consecutive months to end the year, holding steady at 4.4-percent since September. 

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Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in eight years last month.

The unemployment rate fell by one-tenth of a percent to 4.6-percent in August; that’s the lowest level since 2007. 

Yet the state’s private sector lost 5,500 jobs last month, the first drop since February.  Still, the Hoosier State remains at peak employment, with the most Hoosiers employed at any time in Indiana’s history. 

And the state’s labor force expanded – that’s the number of people working or actively looking for a job. 

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The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9-percent last month, the first time it’s been below 5-percent since February of 2008. 

June marks the fifth consecutive month the rate has declined, and since January of 2013, only one other state – Rhode Island – has decreased its unemployment rate more than Indiana. 

Yet for the first time in four months, the state’s private sector lost jobs, shedding 3,800 people last month. The biggest loss – 3,600 jobs – was in the trade, transportation and utilities sectors. 

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Indiana’s private sector achieved a significant decrease in the unemployment rate for the second month in a row in May while creating nearly 10,000 jobs.

Indiana had its largest decrease in the unemployment rate in more than 20 years in April, falling from 5.8 to 5.4 percent.

The rate dropped again in May, this time to 5.1 percent, the lowest level since March of 2008.

The number of people employed or actively looking for work increased by nearly 1,400 after four consecutive months in decline.