Steven Braun

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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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Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in eight years last month.

The unemployment rate fell by one-tenth of a percent to 4.6-percent in August; that’s the lowest level since 2007. 

Yet the state’s private sector lost 5,500 jobs last month, the first drop since February.  Still, the Hoosier State remains at peak employment, with the most Hoosiers employed at any time in Indiana’s history. 

And the state’s labor force expanded – that’s the number of people working or actively looking for a job.