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State’s unemployment rate dips to 8.2 percent

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Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped in March to 8.2 percent, its lowest level in more than three years.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning that the March rate decreased from 8.4 percent in February and 8.7 percent in January. The rate hasn’t been as low as 8.2 percent since December 2008.

“It’s good news that Indiana’s unemployment rate is on the way down,” Mark W. Everson, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said in a prepared statement. “Indiana has seen steady job growth since the beginning of the year, with manufacturing leading the way, adding almost 8,000 jobs.”

Indiana's unemployment rate matches the national unemployment rate in March.

Statewide non-farm employment totaled 2.9 million on a seasonally adjusted basis. A total of 274,699 sought unemployment benefits in March, down from 280,916 in February.

The number of private-sector jobs in Indiana grew 5,300 last month. February job growth was unchanged after a sizable gain of 13,000 jobs in January, the largest monthly increase in more than a year.

Sectors showing employment gains in March included manufacturing (3,400 jobs), leisure and hospitality (2,500 jobs), and financial activities (1,300 jobs). The professional and business services sector lost 2,500 jobs.

In the Indianapolis metropolitan area, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 8 percent in March, down from 8.5 percent in March 2011.

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.
 
 

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  • Not Real Numbers
    This are Fake Numbers to make it look better than it really is. Government is good about FAKING Numbers to try to make themselves look better
  • No help from right-to-work
    I'm sure all of the right-to-work proponents will forget the timing of the uprise of the economy vs. the passing of the right-to-work bill, and credit the bill for this naturally ocurring trend. All of the indicators over the last 3 months have pointed towards an economic upturn, therefore causing job growth. Right-to-work has done nothing except make it harder for companies to conduct their business in the marketplace, therefore actually making it harder for the economy to come back.

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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