Indiana Unemployment Rate Steady At 5.7% In May
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 5.7 percent in May, according to new numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The state’s May jobless rate was unchanged from April, but down 2.0 percent from a year ago. The department credited the stability to approximately 2,000 unemployed Hoosiers who returned to the labor force to look for work and the addition of 4,800 private sector jobs.
Indiana’s jobless rate last month was a half-percent below the national rate.
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“The Hoosier labor force has grown significantly for the past eight months in a row,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “This is not the case with some of our neighboring states who have experienced unemployment rate declines due to decreases in their labor force. It is clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and that good jobs are available.”
Locally, Switzerland County had the lowest jobless rate at just 4.9 percent, but was the only county in the five-county southeast Indiana area to see its rate increase from April. The highest rate in our area was Ripley County at 6.1 percent.
INDIANA NON-SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT
|COUNTY||MAY 2013||APRIL 2014||MAY 2014|
|Indiana (seasonally adjusted)||7.7||5.7||5.7|
Data Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development