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Indiana unemployment rate holds steady

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The state’s unemployment rate held steady in May at 5.7 percent, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Friday morning.

Indiana added 4,800 private-sector jobs during the month, with 2,100 of those positions coming in private education and health services. The professional and business services sector added 1,000 jobs.

The DWD said 2,000 previously unemployed Indiana residents returned to the labor force in May, which prevented the seasonally adjusted jobless rate from falling. The rate had dropped in each of the nine previous months.

Indiana had a lower unemployment rate than the United States (6.3 percent), Illinois (7.5 percent), Kentucky (7.7 percent) and Michigan (7.5 percent), but lagged Ohio (5.5 percent).

The non-seasonally adjusted rate in the Indianapolis-Carmel area was 5.3 percent in May, down from 7 percent in May 2013.

 

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  • Wondering
    Where is the influx of jobs that we were supposed to see from the right to work legislation? This is not meant to be menacing. I'm really curious.
  • Labor Force
    That's because the statistics are based on available labor force. If Illinois lost 2,000 jobs AND had a decline in unemployment rate it means that the available labor force has declined. It means people have dropped out of the labor force, for whatever reason or, they have left the state. Its not rocket science.
  • Ohio's and Illinois numbers are fudged
    Illinois lost over 2,000 jobs in the past month and somehow its unemployment rate dropped? Ohio too. Its time for a new definition of what real Unemployment is.

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