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Indiana Jobless Rate Stays Low In Spite Of Small Increase

For last month the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, says the state's jobless rate inched higher to 3.1-percent

INDIANAPOLIS -- State unemployment rates are staying at record lows. For last month the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, says the state's jobless rate inched higher to 3.1-percent, still much lower than the national rate of 4.3-percent. 

Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun says despite a slight increase over the past month, the unemployment rate is a reflection of the state's constricting labor market.

He says the Governor's Next Level Jobs push will help promote a lower unemployment rate.

"This program and others designed to improve skills are an indication that the Hoosier work ethic is as strong as ever and will prevail amidst" workforce challenges and opportunities." Braun said in a statement.

The numbers indicate that around 26,800 private sector jobs have made their way to Indiana in the last year, 2,000 of those coming in July alone. 

In total, 2,688,300 Hoosiers are employed in the private sector, 11,400 above the November 2016 peak. Overall around 3.2 million Hoosiers have a job, with 104,000 claiming to be unemployed.

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