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State Unemployment Rate Drops For The First Time In 5 Months

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Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped in August for the first time in five months. 

However, the state’s private sector lost jobs for the first time in 11 months.

Indiana’s unemployment rate fell one tenth of one percent to 5.8% – a nearly two percent drop from just a year ago. 

And in that time, 56,000 private sector jobs have been added. 

But led by a significant decline in the private educational and health services sector, the private sector lost 26 hundred jobs in August. 

That’s despite continued job growth in the manufacturing sector, which has added more than 20 thousand jobs since last August. 

Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders notes that the gains of the last year – which are among the best in the country – puts Indiana well ahead of its neighbors in the Midwest.  Only Ohio has a lower unemployment rate. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.