February unemployment

The Hoosier unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percent to 4.1 percent last month. That’s the first increase since January of last year. The rate is still lower than the national average and all neighboring states.

After two consecutive months of declines, the private sector added jobs in February – 4,400 for the month. The surge was led by the manufacturing industry.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate increased slightly in February. It's only the second time in more than three years the rate has grown month-to-month. 

Indiana’s private sector added nearly 7,000 jobs last month.

Yet, the unemployment rate climbed a tenth of a percent to 4.7 percent, its highest level since June. 

That’s because 20,000 Hoosiers entered the labor force last month.  The labor force is a measure of not just people with jobs, but also people actively looking for jobs. 

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After four months without a decrease in unemployment, Indiana’s rate fell below 6-percent in February. 

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose to 6-percent in January, the first time it hit that mark in nearly a year. 

But it only lasted a month, falling back to 5.9-percent in February.  The state’s private sector also created 1,700 jobs last month. 

The slight dip in the unemployment rate is due in part to Hoosiers leaving the labor force in February, meaning fewer people looking for work.