Unemployment rate holds steady in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 20, 2014) – Indiana saw no change in unemployment during the month of May, according to numbers released by the state Friday.

Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted rate held steady at 5.7 percent. The Department of Workforce Development said that was mostly due to about 2,000 unemployed Hoosiers returning to the labor force to look for work. The state remained below the national rate, which remained flat at 6.3 percent in May.

The department said Indiana added 4,800 private sector jobs in May, with gains in the Private Educational and Health Services (+2,100) and Professional and Business Services sectors (+1,000). Since the low point of employment in Indiana, the state has added about 223,000 jobs in the private sector.

According to Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, claims for state unemployment insurance in May were more than 10,000 below May 2013 levels. State numbers show Indiana’s unemployment rate has declined 2 percent over the past year, marking the third-largest decrease in the U.S.

Here’s a look at unemployment among neighboring states:

  • Illinois (7.5 percent, down from 7.9 percent in April)
  • Kentucky (7.7 percent, same as April)
  • Michigan (7.5 percent, up from 7.4 percent in April)
  • Ohio (5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in April)