Indiana Unemployment Rate Remains 5.7 Percent
June 23, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate stayed the same in May, ending nine months of steady decline. But, Indiana’s rate of 5.7 percent is still 2 percentage points lower than one year ago. And the rate is less than the national rate.
Indiana added 4,800 private sector jobs in May – led by the private educational and health services and professional and business services sectors. The state has added nearly 223,000 jobs since the low point of employment in July 2009.
“The Hoosier labor force has grown significantly for the past eight months in a row,” said Scott Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “It is clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and that good jobs are available.”
State officials also said claims for state unemployment insurance in May were nearly 10,000 below May 2013. Initial claims and continued claims for unemployment insurance are at their lowest levels since 2000.
Here in northwest Indiana — Lake County has the highest unemployment rate, not seasonally-adjusted, at 7-point-7-percent. LaPorte County is next, at 7-point-3-percent. Porter County has the lowest unemployment rate in the region, with 6-point-3-percent, followed by Newton County at 6-point-4-percent and Jasper County at 6-point-7-percent.