updated: 5/21/2010 12:47:13 PM
Even though Indiana's unemployment rate for April inched upward to 10 percent, there is some positive news when it comes to job creation. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state is leading the nation in overall job growth for April and all of 2010 so far. DWD adds Indiana has experienced four straight months of job growth and April's growth was the strongest in 11 years.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2010) - Indiana added 22,700 jobs in April, the largest over-the-month increase in employment since February 1999. However, Hoosiers returning to the Labor Force nudged Indiana's preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April 2010 up 0.1 percent to 10.0 percent. The monthly increase in the unemployment rate is not considered statistically significant.
"Indiana has added 41,800 jobs over the last four months, essentially recouping the jobs lost over the past year," said Teresa Voors, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. "Indiana has two percent of the country's population and seven percent of the job growth."
Seasonally-adjusted total non-farm employment in Indiana increased by 22,700 in April. Sectors reporting significant employment increases include: Leisure and Hospitality (8,100), Professional and Business Services (6,500), Manufacturing (5,000), and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (3,500). Sectors reporting significant employment declines include: Private Education and Health Services (-1,800), Construction (-700), and Financial Activities (-500).
Indiana is the only state among its neighbors to report an over-the-year decline in its unemployment rate. The national employment rate increased 1.0% compared to April 2009.
Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development