IN Unemployment Up Slightly in April

(Statewide) – The state’s unemployment rate in April was up slightly, coming in at 3.6%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

That’s up from 3.5% the month before.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate stands at 62.5% for April, while the national rate is 62.7%. This rate is the percentage of Hoosiers 16 and older who are either working or actively looking for work.

Indiana’s total labor force stands at 3,378,923 – a decrease of 1,908 from the prior month.

“Again this month, the employment data shows the historic opportunity for skilled workers in Indiana,” said DWD Commissioner Richard Paulk. “For the eighth month in a row, the number of private sector jobs reached a new peak. Profession and Business Services, Financial Activities, and Private Education and Health Services added jobs in Indiana over the month.”

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 300 jobs over the last month, resulting in a gain of 36,400 jobs from this time last year. Indiana’s April private employment stands at 2,848,500.

Industries that experienced job increases in April included:

  • Professional and Business Services (+1,100);
  • Financial Activities (+700);
  • Private Educational and Health Services (+600); and
  • Manufacturing (+300).

As of Thursday, there were 102,684 open job postings throughout the state. As of the week ending April 27, Indiana had 20,331 continued unemployment insurance claims filed.

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