Unemployment holds steady in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS – Unemployment held steady in Indiana during the month of July.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the unemployment rate is 8.4 percent, the same level as June. The national rate fell by 0.2 percent to 7.4 percent.

The state said Indiana saw growth in the private sector, particularly in Trade, Transportation and Utilities and Professional and Business Services. The state saw losses in the Construction and Manufacturing fields. Indiana has added more than 203,000 private sector jobs since July 2009 and experienced job growth in 40 out of the 43 past months, the department said.

Commissioner Scott B. Sanders said the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector experienced the largest one-month growth since 1990. Data showed the sector added more than 10,800 jobs.

Like Indiana, Ohio’s unemployment rate stayed the same in July, although Ohio’s unemployment is lower at 7.2 percent. Other neighboring states saw slight increases: Illinois (from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent), Kentucky (8.4 percent to 8.5 percent) and Michigan (8.7 percent to 8.8 percent).

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