Thousand Returning To Workforce Increases Indiana’s Jobless Rate

Posted On July 18, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Undated) – New unemployment numbers show Indiana’s jobless rate grew by two-tenths of a percent to 5.9 percent in June.

The latest figures were released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The statewide rate was below the national rate of 6.1 percent.

State workforce leaders say that was due to 4,000 Hoosiers returning to the workforce last month. The state added a record 10,000  private sector jobs.

“Indiana added more private sector jobs last month than any other June on record, which is quite significant,” said Scott B. Sanders, DWD Commissioner. “The Hoosier labor force has also grown by more than 43,000 in 2014 alone. There is definitely more work to do, but it remains clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and good jobs are available.”

Locally, Switzerland County was the lowest jobless rate at 5.5 percent. Ripley County was highest in the region at 6.6. Ohio County jumped up to 6.3 percent, Dearborn County’s jobless rate was up a tick to 6.0, and Franklin County was down to 5.6 percent.

Compared to neighboring states, Indiana’s unemployment was second lowest. Ohio’s jobless rate in June was 5.5 percent. Kentucky checked in at 7.4 percent, Illinois 7.1, and Michigan at 7.5.

The full June employment report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is available online at http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=176764&information_id=203956&type=&syndicate=syndicate.