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Indiana unemployment rate jumps to 8.9 percent

Cory Schouten
October 21, 2011
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Indiana's unemployment rate rose for a fourth straight month in September, to a seasonally adjusted 8.9 percent, inching closer to the overall U.S. rate of 9.1 percent, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning.

Indiana added 8,800 private-sector jobs in September, but the unemployment rate rose from the August mark of 8.7 percent as more Hoosiers returned to the labor force to look for work.

The number of unemployed Hoosiers was 266,477 in September, compared to 273,902 in August.

The state's unemployment rate has climbed from 8.2 percent in April, but is a full percentage point below the 9.9 percent it reached last September.

Employment sectors adding a significant amount of jobs were professional and business services, construction and leisure and hospitality. Employment in manufacturing and trade, as well as in transportation and utilities, showed large declines.

Indiana’s unemployment rate remains lower than its neighbors, but the gap closed somewhat in September. Ohio’s rate is 9.1 percent, Kentucky’s is 9.7 percent, Illinois’ is 10 percent and Michigan’s is 11.1 percent.

In the Indianapolis-Carmel metropolitan area, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 8.1 percent in September, down from 8.6 percent in August 2010. Comparisons of metro areas are more accurately made using the same months in prior years because the government does not adjust the figures for factory furloughs and other seasonal fluctuations.

Meanwhile, the nation's unemployment rate in September remained at 9.1 percent for the third straight month.

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week ticked down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 404,000, the Labor Department said on Oct. 13. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined for the third straight week to 408,000. That's the lowest average in eight weeks.

Still, applications are higher than they would be in a healthy economy. They need to fall consistently below 375,000 to signal sustainable job growth. They haven't been below that level since February.

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  • Work
    idk if Mitch did us a good thing.... what if it was actually very bad? dont fall into his hypnotics
  • Mitch 54, where are you?
    Mitch seems all too quite for such a GOP based problem. He stressed for so long that Indiana was the best business climate and road construction and low taxes for corporations would bring jobs. It seems he is full of lies...almost like a.....dare I say....politician! OH NO!
  • A Mitch Unemployment rate
    Remember how Mitch and his GOP fellows said that stimulus money was not wanted. Indiana did not need to jump start the economy that he could do it better by himself. So he gave the state a buch of hype rah rah talk and our unemployment just goes up as Mitch's own self perception goes up.
  • Great Job Mitch!
    Great job Mitch. Indiana is doing better than any of the comparable economies here in the mid-west. Sure wish you would have decided to help out the whole country like you have helped Indiana.
  • Mitch whose man are you?
    Mayber the gov should quit worrying about his future employment- he has a job- or his book and start to work on the problems that face our state. It is not enough to be better off the next state over, our state deserves better, neither Mitch's buddies making money or Mitch's future aspirations help me or my neighbor.

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