Indiana unemployment dips to 6.1 percent in February

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 28, 2014) – Indiana’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend last month, according to the Department of Workforce Development.

The February 2014 unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 in January. A year ago, unemployment was at 7.9 percent. The department said the number of unemployed Hoosiers fell below 200,000 for the first time since August 2008.

Indiana added 5,400 private sector jobs in February. Labor statistics show the Hoosier State has added more than 214,000 private sector jobs since July 2009. Unemployment claims are at their lowest levels in nearly 15 years.

The national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent. Indiana unemployment is also the lowest regionally when compared to Illinois (8.7 percent), Kentucky (7.8 percent), Michigan (7.7 percent) and Ohio (6.5 percent).