Indiana Climbs Toward Peak Employment As Jobless Rate Plummets In April

May 27, 2015

Indiana's unemployment rate is at its lowest point in seven years.
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Indiana is just shy of its peak employment level, set in March of 2000. That‘s when the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the Hoosier State had 2,612,600 private sector jobs.  

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Spokesman Joe Frank says the state is now only 7,800 jobs short of that figure. Frank says Indiana's unemployment rate for April dropped by nearly half of a percentage point to 5.4-percent, the lowest it's been since May of 2008.

Indiana‘s jobless rate was twice as bad at its peak in July of 2009. Frank says Indiana added 10,600 private sector jobs and 2,400 construction jobs in April alone.

"The fact that we have grown nearly 21-, nearly 22,000 private sector jobs just in 2015, which ranks in the top ten in the United States, bodes well for moving into the summer," says Frank.

The state has added 112,000 jobs since January 2013.