INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate experienced its largest one month decrease in more than a year.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, unemployment declined by 0.2 percent, falling to 8.5 percent in April. The agency said April also showed the biggest drop in the number of unemployed in more than a year. Still, Indiana’s unemployment rate remained above the national average of 7.5 percent.
Weekly unemployment claims have decreased by more than 14 percent over the past month, the agency said. Initial claims remain below 2005 levels.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott B. Sanders said April’s numbers were cause for “cautious optimism” and that the job market was “moving in the right direction.”
Private sector employment increased by 6,800 jobs over the past month, exceeding the national rate. The state has seen job growth in the private sector in 37 of the past 40 months.
The neighboring states of Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio also saw declines in unemployment. Of those states, only Ohio (7 percent) was under the national average. Illinois (9.3 percent), Kentucky (7.9 percent) and Michigan (8.4 percent) were above the national level.