Indiana shows another unemployment decline, remains under national rate

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(May 16, 2014) – Indiana’s unemployment rate showed another decline in April, dropping to 5.7 percent.

The national rate for April is 6.3 percent.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, April marked the ninth straight month of unemployment declines in Indiana. The rate has decreased by 2.1 percent over the last year and is below the national average for the fourth month in a row.

The state’s labor force increased by 11,700 in April, and for the first time since 2009, Indiana’s labor force participation rate exceeded national levels.

Claims for unemployment insurance in April were nearly 10,000 below levels a year ago. Initial claims and continued claims are at their lowest since 2000, according to the department’s data.

Since July 2009, Indiana has added 220,300 private sector jobs, a third of which came from the manufacturing sector.

Among neighboring states, Ohio matched Indiana’s unemployment rate at 5.7 percent for April though it showed a slightly larger decline. Illinois (7.9 percent), Kentucky (7.7 percent) and Michigan (7.4 percent) had higher unemployment rates than Indiana. All showed declines from March to April.