Jobs Grow In June And So Does State Unemployment Rate

Jul 18, 2014

Workforce Development officials say a manufacturing resurgence continues to lead Indiana's job creation efforts.
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Indiana added more private sector jobs -- 10,000 of them -- last month than any other June on record.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says every major industry sector experienced growth.

Frank says manufacturing – the sector the state is most known for – has been one of the key drivers of the job growth.

"Our growth in the manufacturing sector since July 2009 -- the low point of employment in the state -- we've grown 77,800 manufacturing jobs," Frank says. "That's the second-largest increase in the nation."

Still, the state‘s unemployment rate in June was 5.9-percent. That’s up from 5.7-percent in May. Frank says the rise was mainly due to 4,000 people returning to the labor force and re-starting their job searches.