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Unemployment picture improving in state

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Indiana's unemployment rate continues to hold at 9 percent. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state's labor force grew by more than 17,000 in December, the largest increase in more than 35 years. Mark Everson, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development says December was one of the best months for job creation "in over a decade."

Indiana added 12,000 private sector jobs in December. The state’s labor force grew by 17,200, the largest increase in over 35 years, holding the unemployment rate steady at 9.0 percent. Since July, the state’s labor force has increased by 2.2 percent, while the national labor force increased by 0.3 percent. The national unemployment rate declined from a revised 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent.

Everson went on to say, “2011 closed out with strong growth in employment and a continued increase in the labor force.” “December was one of the best months for job creation in over a decade.”

Employment by Sector

Sectors showing significant employment gains in December include: Professional and Business Services (4,800), Manufacturing (3,600), Construction (3,600) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (2,300). The Leisure and Hospitality (-1,700) sector showed significant decline. Total non-farm employment increased in December (15,100).

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development