New report shows drop in unemployment as Hoosiers search for work

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A local economics professor says job additional training may be the answer for many Hoosiers who still can’t find work.

The Labor Department released its April update on the U.S. job market Friday. The report showed that unemployment in the U.S. fell to 7.5 percent while the job market added 165,000 jobs.

Bill Rieber, an economics professor at Butler University, said the numbers are moving in the right direction—but progress is slow.

“For people who’ve been out of work for a long time, it gets tougher and tougher to get new jobs because their skills haven’t been in use for some time. Plus, the skills the economy demands change over time,” Rieber said.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said its WorkOne centers around the state are great places for Hoosiers to restart their careers. Most don’t need new, expensive degrees and many programs are free.

For more information on how WorkOne can work for you and for a look at 50 Hot Hoosier Jobs, head to the agency’s website.