September Indiana Employment Report

INDIANAPOLIS (October 21, 2016) – Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent as the national unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percent to 5 percent in September.  Indiana’s labor force, a measure of Hoosiers employed or seeking employment, has increased by 75,566 since January of this year while total employment has increased by 75,425 during this timeframe. The state’s labor force has increased by nearly 200,000 since January 2013.

“It’s been a strong year for the Hoosier workforce, as evidenced by Indiana’s low unemployment rate and private sector employment increasing by more than 10,000 in September,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “There are still thousands of good-paying positions available for unemployed Hoosiers and help is available at local WorkOne career centers for anyone seeking the right skills to match in-demand jobs.”

Commissioner Braun also noted that private sector employment stands at 42,100 above the March 2000 peak, which is the 15th-consecutive month above that peak. He added that initial unemployment insurance claims are at the lowest point in over 30 years.


Employment by Sector

Indiana experienced across the board growth in September, included in the Private Education & Health Services (4,300)Leisure & Hospitality (1,800)Professional & Business Services (1,700),  Construction (1,900)Manufacturing (1,600) and Financial Services (700) sectors. The only notable loss for the month was in the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-1,300) sector. Indiana has gained of 41,400 private sector jobs over the year. 

Midwest Unemployment Rates



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