Indiana added 8,200 private sector jobs in January. The state Department of Workforce Development reports that’s the 19th consecutive month of job growth.
Still, the unemployment rate rose 0.3% to 8.6% for January. Officials say it’s due to more Hoosiers entering the labor force, and a large number of those returning to look for work.
Locally, the jobless rate increased 1.6% in Lafayette, which now has a rate of 9.8%. Unemployment in West Lafayette climbed from 5.6% to 6.3% during January.