Indiana unemployment rate

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The number of Hoosiers filing new applications for unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week, to 26,000. But since mid-March, over 700,000 workers have applied for unemployment.

Hoosiers By The Numbers

After six weeks of steep declines, the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana remained largely unchanged last week. That’s based on data released Thursday by the Department of Labor.

Hoosiers By The Numbers

A little more than 30,000 Hoosiers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the economic impact of COVID-19 drags on. That adds to the quarter of a million people who continue to get unemployment benefits from the state.

Hoosiers By The Numbers

Just under 44,000 Hoosiers filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week. While that number declines, the Department of Workforce Development is still struggling to handle high call volumes. 

Weekly Unemployment Claims Numbers Continue to Fall

May 1, 2020
Hoosiers By The Numbers

About 57,000 Hoosiers were among the 3.8 million Americans who filed to receive unemployment benefits last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The trend is continuing downward since the state’s “Stay-At-Home” order in March.

Hoosiers By The Numbers

Roughly 75,000 Hoosiers were among the more than 4.4 million Americans who filled out an application for unemployment benefits last week. It represents a big decrease as initial claims have steadily fallen over the last three weeks.

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Just last week, more than 118,000 Hoosiers filed applications for unemployment benefits. That’s the second week those claim numbers have decreased since late March, but still dramatically higher than the 2,000 to 3,000 claims filed per week in all of February. The reason it doesn’t show up in March’s relatively low 3.2 percent unemployment rate has to do with how the information is collected.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal statistics show the number of people who have lost jobs in Indiana during the coronavirus outbreak has grown to at least 444,000.

Indiana Loses Jobs, Labor Force Shrinks In 2019

Jan 24, 2020

Indiana finished 2019 with an unemployment rate at 3.2 percent – the fourth month in a row it’s been at that level.

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at a nearly two decade low in October.

Indiana’s unemployment rate improved in July for the second consecutive month.

That’s despite other, negative employment figures.

Indiana’s unemployment rate improved last month for the first time in a year and a half.

The Indiana unemployment rate improved by 0.1 percentage points to 3.5 percent in June. That’s the first time it’s gone down since December 2017.

Employment levels in the state’s private sector also rebounded in June – 6,800 jobs were added, led by a surge in the private educational and health services sector.

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in April, holding steady at 3.6 percent. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month, holding steady at 3.6 percent.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Stays Unchanged In February

Mar 22, 2019
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (FILE PHOTO: Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana’s unemployment rate once again remained unchanged in February, holding at 3.5 percent.

That extends a record streak during which the rate has held steady.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Unchanged For Record Stretch

Mar 11, 2019
Indiana began 2019 with the same unemployment rate as it ended 2018 – 3.5 percent. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana began 2019 with the same unemployment rate as it ended 2018 – 3.5 percent. 

Indiana ended 2018 with an unemployment rate about nine percent worse than where it started the year. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Indiana ended 2018 with an unemployment rate about 9 percent worse than where it started the year.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged In October

Nov 16, 2018
Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in October for the third month in a row. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Some key Indiana employment metrics continue to show positive signs for the Hoosier economy. That’s even as the state’s unemployment rate once again failed to improve last month.

July marks the first time in about seven years the Indiana unemployment rate got worse in two consecutive months. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana’s unemployment rate rose again in July, the second consecutive month the rate worsened. 

Indiana’s unemployment rate ticked up last month for the first time in nearly a year. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Indiana’s unemployment rate ticked up last month for the first time in nearly a year.

The rate increased 0.1 percent, up to 3.3 percent in June. That’s the first time it’s gone up since July last year.

Indiana Unemployment Remains Unchanged In May

Jun 15, 2018
May marks the longest stretch Indiana’s unemployment rate has gone unchanged since October of 2012. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s unemployment rate held steady in May at 3.2 percent. That marks the longest stretch Indiana’s unemployment rate has gone unchanged since October of 2012.

The 3.2 percent rate held steady since February, again equaling its lowest level in nearly 18 years.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In April

May 18, 2018
The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana's unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. Before this year, it hadn’t been that low since late 2000.

March Unemployment Holds Steady, Labor Force Grows

Apr 20, 2018

Indiana’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 3.2 percent, remaining at its lowest point since December 2000. The rate hasn’t increased since July last year.

The state’s private sector helped it hold steady in March – adding 4,300 jobs, including a big boost in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

Unemployment Rate Down, Labor Force Up In February

Mar 23, 2018
The state’s unemployment rate improved for the second consecutive month as it went to 3.2 percent. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

February was a largely positive month for Indiana’s employment picture.

The state’s unemployment rate improved for the second consecutive month as it went to 3.2 percent. That’s the lowest it’s been since December 2000.

Hoosier Unemployment Lowest Since 2001

Mar 12, 2018
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The federal government spends the start of each year doing a deeper dive on each state’s employment data. Based on that review, it adjusts past monthly results.

As a result of those adjustments, the state’s January unemployment rate of 3.3 percent is its lowest since the beginning of 2001.

But for the fifth consecutive month, Indiana’s labor force shrunk. The labor force measures people who have a job or are actively looking for one.

Indiana’s unemployment rate went down in December, the second consecutive month it’s fallen.

The rate fell to 3.4 percent last month. That represents a drop of half of a percent since October.

Helping that drop in December: the private sector added 6,000 jobs, led by the manufacturing industry.

Indiana’s unemployment rate rebounded in November after four consecutive months of increases.

The Hoosier unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent last month, down to 3.7 percent. That’s the first time since June it’s dropped.

The Hoosier unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent in October to 3.9 percent, its highest level since March.

And while the increase wasn’t as large as it’s been the last couple of months, it’s the first time in six years the number has gone up four months in a row. And the increase over that span – nearly 1 percent – is the largest four-month spike since 2009, at the height of the recession.

Indiana’s unemployment rate increased to 3.8 percent in September, its highest level in six months. And the rise in the unemployment rate over the last two months is the biggest jump since the recession.

The unemployment rate jumped 0.3 percent last month, up from 3.5 percent. That’s after a 0.4 percent increase in August. The state hasn’t seen a two-month increase that big since April of 2009.

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose last month for the first time in five months even as the state’s private sector added jobs.

The Indiana unemployment rate went up 0.1 percent rising to 3.1 percent in July. That’s the first increase since February. But it still keeps the unemployment rate well below the national average and lower than all neighboring states.

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.

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