Indiana Unemployment Rate Ticks Higher

Posted: Updated:
The state is just below the national 4.9 percent average unemployment rate. The state is just below the national 4.9 percent average unemployment rate.

For the first time since December, the Indiana unemployment rate has increased. The February rate stood at 4.7 percent, up slightly from January. Despite the rise, the private sector added 6,900 jobs last month.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun says more than 35,000 Hoosiers have rejoined the labor force and found jobs over the past two months.

"This growth is even more impressive when compared to the 11,376 individuals who joined the labor force in January and February of 2015." he adds.

The private sector gains were driven by growth in the Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Private Education & Health Services and Leisure & Hospitality sectors.

Professional & Business Services and Manufacturing sectors shed a combined 5,600 jobs in February.

The state says its labor force participation rate continues to outpace the country 64.6 percent to 62.9 percent and initial unemployment insurance claims in Indiana are still the lowest they've been in over a decade.

Indiana continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region, ahead of Michigan at 4.8 percent, Ohio at 4.9 percent, Kentucky at 5.8 percent and Illinois at 6.4 percent. It's also outpacing the national rate.

  • Perspectives

    • How to Find a New Audience After Hitting a Marketing Plateau

      It may sound like a marketer’s dream scenario: efforts have proven to be so successful it appears a company has completely saturated their target audience. While it may be a good problem to have, it still may be a problem. Hitting a marketing plateau is an opportunity for companies in any industry to reevaluate, re-energize and come to the table with new ideas for better understanding existing customers and engaging new audiences.



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Shaina Keck

      Pier 48 Manager Named

      FK Restaurant Group has named Shaina Keck sales and banquet manager for Pier 48 Fish House and Bar in downtown Indianapolis. She previously served in sales at Kilroy's Bar & Grill. Keck is a graduate of Indiana University Kelly School of Business with a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting with a concentration in international studies.  
    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Crews Start Demolition of Carson's in Hammond

      The face of downtown retail in Hammond is changing once again with the demolition of Carson’s department store, the one-time the anchor of Woodmar Mall. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report excavating crews have started to demolish the last vestige of the shopping center which stood since the 1950s. 

    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      U.S. Steel Cuts Jobs, Low Price Imports Partially to Blame

      Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel has announced it will idle its tin mill operations in East Chicago, affecting nearly 300 workers, half of which will lose their jobs. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report U.S. Steel blames the layoffs on the Del Monte food company which announced its own mass layoffs. 

    • Gas City Startup Helping Hemp Farmers

      Last month, it became legal for Hoosier farmers to grow hemp and a Gas City-based startup is being aggressive in being among the first to take advantage of market opportunities. Heartland Harvest Processing is helping farmers connect the new agricultural commodity to consumer products, including CBD. Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Moorman says the first hemp harvest under the new law is expected to begin next month. In an interview with Business of Health...

    • Lucy Schaich

      City of Bloomington Promotes Schaich

      The city of Bloomington has promoted Lucy Schaich to volunteer network coordinator, a program of the Community and Family Resources Department.  She served as assistant coordinator from 2000 until 2018, when she became the volunteer network’s interim director. Schaich is a graduate of Indiana University.