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Indiana Outpaces Neighbors In January Jobs Report

Kate Hiscock

The state’s unemployment remained unchanged between December and January, resting at 4.6 percent – that’s nearly a percentage point less than it was a year ago and better than all of Indiana’s neighboring states.  And, over the past six years, from the height of the recession, Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped more than 6 percent.

January’s numbers also include an annual revision from the federal government.  The federal government double-checks state unemployment data annually and make necessary changes. The revision covers the last year and a half of unemployment numbers and found Indiana’s unemployment rates were better in the first half of 2015 and a little worse in the second half. 

And last year, out of a work force of around 3.2 million people, the average number of unemployed Hoosiers was about 156 thousand.  

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.
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