Indiana Unemployment Numbers Heading Right Direction
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana ended 2013 with its lowest unemployment rate in five years, with southeast Indiana sharing in the good news.
The state’s jobless rate in December fell to 6.9 percent, the lowest level since October of 2008 and also the lowest of any neighboring state. Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott B. Sanders said there are fewer Hoosiers unemployed now at 218,100 than in the past five years.
“Just as important is the fact more than 21,000 folks have returned to the labor force over the past three months, which is unique in the Midwest. Although Hoosiers are encouraged the economy is improving and there are jobs available, there still is more work to be done,” Sanders said.
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Indiana added 6,000 people to the labor force in December. In 2013, the state saw a total increase of 42,600 jobs during the year.
Indiana’s December jobless rate was higher than the national rate of 6.7 percent. But, it was better than Ohio (7.2), Kentucky (8.0), Michigan (8.4), and Illinois (8.6).
In southeast Indiana, Ripley County had the area’s highest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent. Switzerland County was the lowest at just 5.4 percent.
INDIANA NON-SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT
|COUNTY||DECEMBER 2012||NOVEMBER 2013||DECEMBER 2013|
|Indiana (seasonally adjusted)||8.3||7.3||6.9|
Data Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development