Indiana Department of Workforce Development

IN unemployment rate increases in December

Jan 18, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose two tenths from November to December to 8.2%. The state reports an additional 15,000 Hoosiers were looking for work last month, bringing the total number of those seeking a job to 267,000.

In comparison, the unemployment rate was 8.9% in December, 2011. Among neighboring states, Ohio and Kentucky have better rates, while Illinois and Michigan are slightly worse.

November unemployment steady for IN, up for region

Dec 21, 2012

Unemployment in Indiana held steady from October to November at 8%, despite a loss of 9,800 jobs last month.

Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say the decline in the number of positions is due mostly to seasonal construction jobs. They say initial jobless claims are at a level not seen since 2005, and the state is doing better than a year ago, when unemployment was 9.1%.

Unemployment rate improves for state in October

Nov 20, 2012

The private sector added 7,700 new jobs in Indiana last month. That growth is the largest monthly jobs gain since May. It also drops the state’s unemployment rate to 8%, down 0.2% from September.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports private sector employment is roughly 96% of what it was in 2007 before the recession.

Locally, unemployment increased 0.1% in Lafayette and West Lafayette to 7.1% and 4.7%, respectively.

July unemployment up for IN, mixed locally

Aug 17, 2012

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose slightly during July. The latest figures show the percentage of Hoosiers looking for work went from eight in June to 8.2 last month.

In Tippecanoe County, unemployment dropped from 8% to 7.7%. Lafayette’s jobless rate rose 0.1% to 8.4%. West Lafayette’s figure stands at 5.8%, which is down slightly from June.

Despite the increase for Lafayette, unemployment in the city is 1% better than it was a year ago.

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