Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement regarding the April employment report, issued by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, that reports that Indiana’s economy added 12,000 jobs in April, bringing the total jobs added to the state’s economy to more than 150,000 since the Governor took office. More Hoosiers were working in April of 2016 than ever before. The previous peak was February 2016.
“The April employment report is a testament to the strength of the Hoosier workforce and our pro-growth economic policies,” said Governor Pence. “With more people working than ever before in our state’s history and recently being named the best place in the Midwest to do business, Indiana’s economy is on a roll.”
Employment gains in April were strongest in manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities. Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force, rose by 0.2 percent over the previous month to 5.2 percent in April. This slight uptick is directly correlated to the large influx of Hoosiers joining the labor force. Additionally, initial unemployment insurance claims remain at their lowest level since the early 1970s.