Record Number of Hoosiers Working in 2018

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Indiana is reporting record employment numbers for 2018 and job gains in every major sector. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported two new highs for the state. The total number of employed Hoosiers in December reached 3,284,190 and private employment hit 2,731,600.

Indiana’s unemployment rate in December stood at 3.6 percent and was lower than the national rate which is 3.9 percent. The state’s jobless rate has also decreased seven percentage points since July 2009—the high point of unemployment in Indiana.

“It’s always exciting to see job growth across so many sectors, knowing that more Hoosiers are working and finding employment opportunities than ever before,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said in a news release. “It’s a tribute to Indiana employers and their diligent efforts to recruit and train Hoosiers to fill open positions. And, as we forge ahead into 2019, it is imperative that programs like Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative continue to grow and provide the skilled training that employers so critically need, and Hoosier workers are seeking.”

The biggest job gains in 2018 were in:

• Construction, +13,900 jobs

• Trade, Transportation & Utilities, +10,900 jobs

• Professional & Business Services, +8,800 jobs

• Private Education & Health Services, +6,300 jobs

• Financial Activities, +4,500 jobs

• Manufacturing, +3,100 jobs

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