State unemployment rate shrinks to 6.9 percent

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Indiana's unemployment rate plummeted 0.4 percent in December, to 6.9 percent, its lowest point since October 2008, the Department of Workforce Development announced Tuesday morning.

The improvement came despite a small decline in private-sector employment of 4,800 jobs during the month.

State officials called the decline expected after "a historic month of job growth in November" of 25,100 jobs.

Only one employment sector, professional and business services, showed job gains in December, and that was only by 200 jobs. Manufacturing lost 1,700 jobs, construction lost 13,00 jobs and total non-farm employment decreased by 6,800.

For all of 2013, Indiana saw a total increase of 42,600 jobs. The unemployment rate has fallen from 8.3 percent in December 2012.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hasn't been so low since it was 6.8 percent in October 2008. The rate jumped to 7.4 percent the next month.

“There are fewer Hoosiers unemployed (218,100) now than in the past five years,” DWD Commissioner Scott Sanders said in a prepared statement. “Just as important is the fact more than 21,000 folks have returned to the labor force over the past three months, which is unique in the Midwest."

Indiana's jobless rate ranks 31st in the nation and is slightly higher than the national average of 6.7 percent, but is lower than Ohio's (7.2 percent), Kentucky's (8.0), Michigan's (8.4) and Illinois' (8.6).

The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Indianapolis-Carmel area fell to 5.8 percent in December, down from 7.9 in December 2012.  



  • Waiting for Gov Spin
    Well, I wonder how the Governor will spin this.
  • Say what?
    The unemployment rate is the ratio of those looking for work to the total labor force. The latter is those looking plus those working. The unemployment rate can fall if those who were looking become discouraged and quit looking. The participation rate is the ratio of the labor force to the total population. Those not in the labor force are children, the retired and the discouraged.
  • RE: The Real Number
    Correction: Dividing Available Workforce by All FT Employed gives percentage employed, the remaining percentage being unemployed, i.e. 2M available / 3M FT Employed = 67% employment rate, and 33% unemployed / under-employed (rounding applied).
  • RE: The Real Number
    Alright I goofed that up, and can't edit it....argh.
  • The Real Number
    What's the real number, meaning the sum of disabled + children + seniors + half of all part-time employed, subtracted from the current population = available workforce. Divide that by the current population (est.) to get the real unemployment number. Example 1M workers available / 3M population = 33% unemployed.
    • Where's the Credibility?
      Does anyone really believe any of this nonsense? The unemployment rate is under 7% while the "employment rate" is no where near 93%. Remember, "figures don't lie, but liars do figure." This is a great example of just that.

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