Indiana’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.5 percent in September. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state added more than 10,000 private sector jobs last month.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Indiana’s labor force dropped by more than 2,000 in September. However, the DVD says, since January, the overall labor force has increase by nearly 76,000.
"It’s been a strong year for the Hoosier workforce, as evidenced by Indiana’s low unemployment rate and private sector employment increasing by more than 10,000 in September," said DWD Commissioner Steven Braun. "There are still thousands of good-paying positions available for unemployed Hoosiers and help is available at local WorkOne career centers for anyone seeking the right skills to match in-demand jobs."
The highest growth sectors in Indiana for September were private education and health services, construction and leisure and hospitality. The only sector that reported a loss last month was trade, transportation and utilities.
Indiana remains well below the national unemployment rate, which ticked up to 5 percent in September. Indiana is also reporting the lowest unemployment rate of the surrounding states, with Ohio the closest at 4.6 percent.
You can find more information on the September employment report by clicking here.
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