Unemployment Rate Drops Again in July

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The department says the state added more than 11,200 jobs last month. The department says the state added more than 11,200 jobs last month.

Indiana's unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, compared to 4.8 percent the previous month. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says more than 11,000 Hoosiers found employment last month.

The department says Indiana's labor force grew by nearly 3,800 in July, and has grown by more than 192,000 since January 2013. Commissioner Steven Braun says the labor force trending positively over the past three years demonstrates the confidence among Hoosier job seekers.

"The corresponding contraction of the applicant pool is also increasing employer demand for workers with the right skills and training," said Braun. "DWD, along with its WorkOne Career Centers and other community partners, can assist jobseekers in obtaining the skills and training necessary to fill the many high-wage, high-demand jobs available throughout Indiana."

The highest growth sectors in Indiana for July were professional and business services, private education and health services and manufacturing. Sectors including leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities and construction reported losses last month.

"Hoosiers need look no further than the all-time highs in the state’s labor force and private sector employment growth that outpaces the nation as evidence of the economic momentum we are seeing across the state," said Governor Mike Pence. "Businesses large and small are growing and expanding in Indiana under the pro-growth, low-regulation policies that the Hoosier state has enjoyed over the course of the last decade."

Of the surrounding states, only Michigan has a lower unemployment rate at 4.5 percent. Indiana remains below the national rate of 4.9 percent. You can find more information on the July employment report by clicking here.

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