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Indiana jobless rate remains steady at 3.6%

May 17, 2019

Indiana's unemployment rate remained steady in April at 3.6 percent, unchanged from the rate in March.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released its latest unemployment report Friday. The state's unemployment rate matched the national rate for the month.

Indiana’s labor force—which is composed of both employed and unemployed-but-willing-to-work residents—increased by 1,349 workers from March to April, to 3.41 million.

Indiana’s labor-force participation rate—the percentage of the state’s population that is either employed or actively seeking work stayed at 65.3% in April. It remains ahead of the national rate of 62.8%.

Private sector employment in Indiana fell by 3,600 in April over the previous month, but is up more than 36,700 over the last year, the state said.

Job losses were seen in the categories of  Financial Activities (-600) and the Manufacturing (-400). Gains were seen in the Leisure and Hospitality (1,600) and the Construction (1,100) sectors.

The unemployment rate in Indiana for April was lower than the rates in neighboring states Michigan (4.1%), Illinois (4.4%), Ohio (4.3%) and Kentucky (4%).

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