Indiana’s unemployment rate shows large drop

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Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in August, down from 8.4 percent in July.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, that’s the largest one-month drop in more than two years. Despite the decrease, Indiana’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national level, which sits at 7.3 percent.

Indiana added 3,000 manufacturing jobs in August and another 3,000 in private health and education services. Still, despite a decrease in unemployment and an increase in manufacturing, the private sector shed 2,900 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities and construction sectors.

Among neighboring states, Indiana showed the largest decline in the unemployment rate. Illinois held steady at 9.2 percent while Michigan (9.0 percent) and Ohio (7.3 percent) showed slight increases. Kentucky (8.4 percent) showed a slight decline.