Indiana’s private sector had struggled this year, shedding jobs four out of five months heading into May. That included April’s losses, the largest single month decline in years.

But the private sector added 2,500 jobs last month, buoyed by growth in the private educational and health services and construction sectors.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Early 2001

May 19, 2017

The unemployment rate declined in April for the second consecutive month, down 0.3 of a percent to 3.6 percent. That’s the biggest single month drop since late 2010. And 3.6 percent is the lowest rate since February 2001.

But the Hoosier private sector lost 9,300 jobs last month. That’s the largest single month decline since June 2009. The losses were led by the manufacturing and private educational and health services sectors. And the private sector has now shed jobs four of the last five months.

Local unemployment falling

Dec 23, 2014

The jobless rate continues to improve in the Evansville area. 

New figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show Evansville, its metro area, and all of Southwestern Indiana with unemployment rates lower than one year ago.

The city’s unemployment last month was 5.4 percent, down from 6.7 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate for both Vanderburgh County and the multi-county Evansville metro area was 5.1 percent in November, down more than a full percentage point from November 2013.

Indiana unemployment rate improves

Jan 28, 2014

Indiana's jobless rate has dropped to its lowest level in more than five years. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December dropped 0.4 percent to 6.9 percent in December. That’s the lowest rate since October 2008. The jobless number also remains lower than all of Indiana’s neighboring states. One of the major factors in Indiana's falling unemployment rate is the number of individuals returning to the labor force.