Unemployment

State adds jobs; unemployment rate stays at 8.4 percent

August 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Significant job growth came in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which added 10,800 jobs. It was the biggest one-month rise in the sector since 1990. However, construction jobs fell by 3,400 and manufacturing dropped by 2,000.
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U.S. unemployment rate falls despite tepid job growth

August 2, 2013
Associated Press
The Labor Department said the rate fell from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent in June. But that was one of the few good signs in an otherwise lackluster report.
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Obamacare role questioned in shift to part-time workforce

July 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Part-time employment has been outpacing full-time job growth since 2008. Economists cite still-tough economic conditions as the root cause, with some saying President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law exacerbates the trend.
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State adds jobs in manufacturing, but unemployment rate ticks up

July 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Most of the job growth came from the manufacturing sector, which expanded by 4,300 jobs over the month, marking the largest one-month jump in manufacturing since August 2004.
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U.S. unemployment aid applications hit 10-week low

July 18, 2013
Associated Press
Weekly applications data can be volatile in July. Automakers typically shut their factories in the first two weeks of the month to prepare for new models, which leads to a temporary spike in layoffs.
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U.S. economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment rate steady

July 5, 2013
Associated Press
The job growth suggests a stronger economy and makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases before year's end.
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U.S. claims for unemployment benefits rise modestly

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Labor Department said the four-week average of Americans seeking unemployment aid inched up to 347,250, a third straight increase.
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U.S. unemployment aid applications show decline

May 23, 2013
Associated Press
Jobless claims are showing gradual improvement, but for hiring to strengthen enough to lower the unemployment rate to a more normal level, companies must gain more confidence in the economy.
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Indiana adds jobs; unemployment rate slips

May 17, 2013
Indiana added 4,400 nonfarm jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 8.5 percent, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Friday morning.
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Unemployment aid applications fall to five-year low

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Much of the job growth has come from fewer layoffs. Overall hiring remains far below pre-recession levels.
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Unemployment rate hits 4-year low as economy adds 165K jobs

May 3, 2013
Associated Press
The only sectors of the economy that cut jobs last month were construction and government.
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State sheds jobs; unemployment rate holds steady

April 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning that the loss of jobs was the first monthly decline for the state in more than a year.
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Unemployment aid applications signal stable hiring

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 352,000.
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U.S. unemployment rate dips despite tepid job growth

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
Employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months. The jobless rate slipped to its lowest percentage in four years, but only because more people stopped looking for work.
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State adds jobs in February at healthy clip

March 29, 2013
Norm Heikens
Hiring surged in several sectors of the economy, but the unemployment rate inched higher as more residents started looking for work.
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Four-week average for jobless claims hits 5-year low

March 22, 2013
Associated Press
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low.
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Indiana’s unemployment rate jumps to 8.6 percent

March 18, 2013
Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in January, from 8.3 percent in December, even though the state added 8,200 private-sector jobs during the month. The monthly rate hasn't jumped that much since 2009.
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Weekly unemployment-aid applications fall

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years.
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Reversal: Indiana jobless benefits go on past Friday

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Unemployed Indiana residents will keep receiving federally extended unemployment benefits under a reversal by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
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State jobless rate climbs despite increase in jobs

January 18, 2013
Scott Olson
Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in December even though the state added 8,300 private-sector jobs during the month. Officials attributed the increase to the more than 7,000 unemployed Hoosiers who resumed searching for work.
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New U.S. jobless claims hit lowest level in five years

January 17, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Labor Department said the rapid drop in claims may be a short-term distortion. Long-term and extended claims for unemployment increased.
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HICKS: Why is the unemployment rate still so high?Restricted Content

January 12, 2013
Mike Hicks
The Great Recession wasn’t caused by a housing market collapse; it was more than that. Our economic unwinding required lots of failures.
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U.S. unemployment rate remains at 7.8 percent

January 4, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.
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Weekly unemployment applications rise to 372,000

January 3, 2013
Associated Press
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data from the U.S. Labor Department for the second straight week.
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U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs as unemployment rate slips

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture of the economy. Hiring remained steady during November in the face of looming tax increases. But the jobless rate slipped in part because more people stopped looking for work.
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