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Indiana’s private sector added nearly 10 thousand jobs last month.  Yet the unemployment rate failed to drop for the fourth consecutive month.

The Hoosier private sector has added jobs for ten consecutive months, surging again in July with 99 hundred jobs created – led by the manufacturing sector, which added more than five thousand jobs. 

But the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.9 percent. 

That’s because the state’s labor force continues to swell, with about 2,500 people rejoining the job hunt last month. 

courtesy Purdue President's Office

Some questions for Purdue's leader this month:

There was a lot of talk at the GE Aviation groundbreaking this week that Purdue grads might have something of an inside track to jobs there, since they’ll likely be high-skill positions. Can the university develop some kind of a pipeline there for those students who might qualify?

The trustees last week approved the merger of the Calumet and North Central campuses into Purdue Northwest. What kinds of savings might that reap for the school’s overall bottom line?

Jobs Grow In June And So Does State Unemployment Rate

Jul 18, 2014
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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."

Indiana Chamber of Commerce /

A new statewide survey finds that nearly 40% of Indiana employers have left jobs unfilled because they can‘t find qualified applicants.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce survey also shows that 72% of some 532 employers find filling jobs challenging, with 20% of them saying it‘s the biggest challenge they‘ve faced.

Vice President Derek Redelman says the survey, which is in its seventh year, blames the issue in part on lack of soft skills among applicants.

Jenna Purcella /

Indiana’s unemployment rate in May failed to drop for the first time in nine months, holding steady at 5.7-percent. 

Indiana’s private sector added 48 hundred jobs last month, yet the unemployment rate remained unchanged. 

The Department of Workforce Development says that’s because the state’s labor force increased, with about two thousand unemployed Hoosiers actively resuming the job hunt. 

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Pence made the rounds with business leaders in New York City Tuesday to recruit investment to Indiana. But many believe he was also recruiting opinions as to whether to make a run for the presidency.

Throughout the morning, the governor‘s official Twitter account and that of Katelyn Hancock from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation tweeted pictures and videos from the trip. But IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says the governor’s message has political undertones.

Railcar repair company opening Benton Co. facility

Aug 23, 2013
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Appalachian Railcar Services (ARS) will create up to 22 new positions by 2015. Executives say hiring begins next month.

The company plans to construct an 8,000 square-foot building – completed before the end of the year – in Earl Park at 700 North U.S. 41. The property already had abandoned tracks owned by the Norfolk-Southern Railroad.

Terry Hicks, vice president of sales and marketing, says the structure will allow four to six railcars under roof at one time.

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Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says new legislation he’s sponsoring will help National Guard members who haven’t served oversees get a boost when applying for federal jobs. 

Those who have not served overseas currently receive no preference when applying for federal jobs.  Donnelly's bill, which has a Republican cosponsor, would create a new tiered system for federal hiring. 

Donnelly says he wants to help the thousands of veterans who aren’t recognized by the current preference system.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the state is putting a new spotlight on ways it can help small and emerging businesses. 

She says 99% of Indiana businesses have 500 or fewer employees and create most of the state's  jobs.  Ellspermann expects the new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to marshal Indiana’s existing outreach efforts for them.

“Understanding that job creation is more than attracting new companies to Indiana, it is about helping existing businesses – small businesses – grow as well as encouraging more startups.”

IN unemployment rate unchanged in March

Apr 19, 2013

Unemployment held steady at 8.7% in March for Indiana.

The Department of Workforce Development reports an increase in manufacturing jobs balanced a loss of about 11,000 private sector jobs during the month.

Tippecanoe and one other surrounding county saw a slight increase in unemployment for March. Clinton County’s rose a tenth to 8.8%, while Tippecanoe’s climbed 0.2 to 8.1%.