Statewide unemployment rate holds steady; some local numbers show increase

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 30, 2014) – The latest unemployment numbers are in.  Statewide, the rate remained at 5.7% for the third straight month.

But a spokesperson for the Department of Workforce Development says the numbers still show progress overall.

“In November, we had almost a record month of job growth with nearly 16,000 private sector jobs. That’s the first time that’s happened in over 15 years and it’s close to an all-time record in the state,” said Indiana Department of Workforce Development Spokesperson Joe Frank.

Nearly record-breaking Indiana job growth numbers for November -- but locally, areas like Anderson, Indianapolis, Carmel and Kokomo saw an unemployment rate increase from October to November.

Frank says some of that can be attributed to seasonal work, like landscaping and farming.  He says the year-to-year numbers still show good signs, even with the rate holding steady.

 “Over the past year we’ve grown 75,000 people roughly into the labor force, which is kind of a double edge sword. People are coming back to the labor force because they see there’s jobs and they’re looking for work, but also it keeps are unemployment rate kind of stagnant,” Frank explained.

Those still looking for work can stop by a Work One Center for classes and job certification programs, all at no cost.

You can also visit Indianacareerconnect.com  -- that’s the state’s largest online job bank, with about 90,000 open jobs.

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