IBJNews

State’s jobless rate holds steady at 8.2 percent

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indiana’s May unemployment rate of 8.2 percent remained unchanged from the previous month, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning.

The jobless rate—based on the number of Hoosiers filing for unemployment claims—remained steady, though Indiana saw total employment fall by 5,200 from April to May. Government and trade, transportation and utilities showed the most significant declines.

The state gained 1,700 private-sector jobs during the month. Sectors adding jobs included private education and health services, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and construction.

Because the state’s unemployment rate has been at or below 8.5 percent for three consecutive months, Indiana is no longer eligible for a portion of extended unemployment benefits, DWD Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. The rate dropped from 8.5 percent in March to 8.2 percent in April.

As a result, unemployed Hoosiers will be eligible for up to 93 weeks of unemployment benefits instead of 99 weeks, Everson said.

The nation’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points in May, to 9.1 percent.

Indiana had the lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest in May. It was followed by Ohio at 8.6 percent, Illinois at 8.9 percent, Kentucky at 9.8 percent and Michigan at 10.3 percent.

In the Indianapolis metropolitan area, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 7.8 percent in May, higher than the 7.6 percent reported in April but down significantly from the 9.1 percent in May 2010.

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.

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

ADVERTISEMENT