Indiana added 4,400 nonfarm jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 8.5 percent, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Friday morning.
The jobless rate fell 0.2 percent from March as the state added jobs for the 37th time in 40 months, the department said.
April's seasonally adjusted jobs total in the state increased 0.2 percent, to 2,928,300, from the prior month and was up 1.2 percent from April 2012.
On a non-seasonally-adjusted basis, more than 251,500 Hoosiers were listed as unemployed in April, down more than 32,000 from March, but up slightly from the previous year.
Employment in construction and manufacturing contracted slightly from March. Government jobs also shrank from March as well as from April 2012.
Private-sector employment increased 0.3 percent from March, a rate faster than the United States average, the department said.
The Indianapolis area performed better than the state. The metro area saw employment increase 1.85 percent from April 2012.
Job numbers were up 1.05 percent from March. However, metro-area figures are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, thus are considered as less-reliable indicators on a month-to-month basis.