State unemployment rate dips to 8.7 percent

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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, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday morning.
DWD revised the state’s jobless rate in December to 8.9 percent from the original rate of 9 percent it reported last month.

“January was a strong month for Indiana with excellent job creation,” DWD Commissioner Mark W. Everson said in a prepared statement. “Hoosiers are encouraged that employment opportunities are available and are returning to the labor force to work, or look for work.”

Statewide non-farm employment totaled 2.93 million on a seasonally adjusted basis, the highest level since February 2009. A total of 279,119 Hoosiers remain out of work, down from 285,885 in January 2011.

Sectors showing big job gains in January were professional and business services, which added 6,400 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, which added 3,700 jobs; and manufacturing, which added 2,400 jobs. A big declining sector was financial activities, which lost 1,500 jobs in January.

Indiana’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in January 2011.

In the Indianapolis metropolitan area, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 8.6 percent in January, down from 8.8 percent in January 2011. In all, 76,617 people are out of work in the Indianapolis area.

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, Indiana’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national rate of 8.3 percent, which remained unchanged from January to February.

But Workforce Development officials noted that since July, a larger percentage of Hoosiers have entered the labor force—which means they are either getting jobs or actively looking for jobs— than Americans as a whole.

U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession ended. The unemployment rate held steady largely because more people streamed into the work force.

Indiana is set to report its February unemployment rate on March 30.

Due to the state’s improved unemployment rate, Indiana is no longer is eligible for extended unemployment benefits. Indiana’s three-month average rate would need to be at least 9 percent to continue to qualify.

Hoosiers will be unable to file for extended benefits beginning on April 15. 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.



  • Well...
    You're right upto some level because there are many many people who simply can not find work or able to work. That's not their fault but the fault of the system we have. The biggest problem in this country is we all are crazy about money. We all love money and specially FREE money. How could you expect a mom to work when she has 3 kids and her husband serving abroad and she has no one to take care kids but day care that cost three times more than what she might makes by working outside? Blame the system not the mom. This was just one simple example.
  • ?????????
    Are you sure?? Passage of DST and RTWFL was
    supposed to unleash employers just waiting on
    the other side of the border. Unemployment
    must be down to 2% by now.
  • The real rate
    Of course this is not the real unemployment rate. These figures reflect only those who are receiving unemployment insurance. The actual unemployment rate (those persons between 18 and 65 who would like to work full time but are unable to find jobs due to their skillset or age) is more likely around 20%.
  • Easy fix
    Would you like to see the rate drop lower? Simple. Quit sending money to people. You'll be amazed how quick they find work.
    • Unemployment Rate Down
      This is good for the State, but what about the candidate who is 60+ years and no one will talk to them. A person who wants to work in the Construction Industry as a talented and knowledgable PM or CM that has the expert experience and drive to get the job done on budget and time. If you look at the statistics no one in this age group is being considered. The experience and track record should be considered versus hiring younger.

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