Unemployment

State’s unemployment rate dips to 8.2 percent

April 20, 2012
Indiana's jobless rate is the lowest it's been since December 2008 and matches the national jobless rate for March, also at 8.2 percent.
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U.S. unemployment claims signal slower hiring

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
Applications have started to tick up in recent weeks after months of steady declines. And employers added only 120,000 jobs in March — half the pace of the previous three months.
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New data brightens Indy area's jobs pictureRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Bureau of Labor Statistics revises numbers, but region is still 30,000 jobs short of pre-recession peak.
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Stalled recovery? Gas prices, optimism on collision course

April 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Nearly two-thirds of Hoosier business owners in a new survey said they are optimistic or moderately optimistic about the Indiana economy over the next six months. But high gas prices may dampen the enthusiasm.
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U.S. unemployment rate dips, but job growth slows

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
The job market slowed in March as companies hit the brakes on hiring amid uncertainty about the economy's growth prospects. The unemployment rate fell slightly, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work.
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Indiana unemployment rate drops to 8.4 percent

March 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indiana’s unemployment rate took a sizable dip in February, falling to 8.4 percent, as new jobless claims hit a seven-year low.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level in four years

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications fell by 5,000, to a seasonally adjusted 359,000. That's the smallest number of applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 365,000.
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Lower unemployment means no more extended benefits

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
About 10,000 Indiana residents who have been unemployed for more than 79 weeks will no longer be eligible to receive 20 more weeks of extended federal benefits after April 15 because the state's three-month average unemployment rate is no longer 110 percent higher than it was three years ago.
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State unemployment rate dips to 8.7 percent

March 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in January as the state added 13,000 private-sector jobs, the largest monthly increase in more than a year.
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Economy adds 227,000 jobs, jobless rate unchanged

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession ended.
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U.S. unemployment rate ticks down after hiring burst

February 3, 2012
Associated Press
Employers went on a hiring spree in January and drove down the unemployment rate for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, its lowest point in nearly three years.
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State employers add 12,000 jobs, but jobless rate stays flat

January 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana added 12,000 private-sector jobs in December, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 9 percent as a huge wave of Hoosiers entered the labor force.
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U.S. jobless claims hit lowest weekly level since 2008

January 19, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week to 352,000, the fewest since April 2008. The decline added to evidence that the job market is strengthening.
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U.S. jobless rate falls as employers add 200,000 jobs

January 6, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009.
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Unemployment claims rise after steady declines

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of declines. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped for the fourth straight week.
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Indiana jobless rate stays at 9 percent

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The state’s unemployment rate held steady in November at a seasonally adjusted 9 percent, slightly higher than the overall U.S. rate that dropped to 8.6 percent, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday morning.
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Job market looks better as unemployment claims sink

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for benefits fell last week to 366,000, the fewest since May 2008. If the number stayed that low consistently, it would likely signal that hiring is strong enough for unemployment rates to fall.
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Unemployment aid applications drop to 9-month low

December 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers added a net total of 120,000 jobs last month. The economy has generated 100,000 or more jobs five months in a row — the first time that has happened since April 2006.
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Unemployment rate falls to lowest level since March 2009

December 2, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years as more of the unemployed either found jobs or gave up looking and were no longer counted as jobless.
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State unemployment rate inches up to 9 percent

November 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's jobless rate rose to 9 percent in October, up from 8.9 percent the previous month, marking the fifth straight month the state's unemployment rate has risen.
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Third-quarter economic growth revised downward

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 2 percent in the July-September quarter, lower than an initial 2.5-percent estimate made last month. The government also said after-tax incomes fell by the largest amount in two years.
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Unemployment aid applications drop to 7-month low

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign that layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up.
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Unemployment dips despite decline in pace of hiring

November 4, 2011
Associated Press
The national economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest in four months, but the unemployment rate dipped from 9.1 percent to 9 percent.
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Indiana unemployment rate jumps to 8.9 percent

October 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Indiana's unemployment rate rose for a fourth straight month in September, to a seasonally adjusted 8.9 percent, inching closer to the overall national rate of 9.1 percent.
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Indiana unemployment insurance overhaul continues

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
Workers taking voluntary buyouts will no longer be eligible for state unemployment benefits in Indiana beginning Saturday, and severance pay will be counted against unemployment payouts.
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