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Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline

Indiana's unemployment rate stands at 6.4% for the month of August, down from 7.8% in July, and 2 full percentage points lower than the national rate of 8.4%.  The Indiana labor force had a net increase of 41,752 jobs in August, with the most gains being in the Trade, Transportation & Utilities Sector (7200), Private Education & Health Services (6300), and Professional & Business Services (6000).  There are an estimated 214,408 Hoosiers unemployed and seeking employment.

Indiana continues to lead all states that are contiguous to it, as Illinois reported a rate of 11.0%, Kentucky is at 7.6%, Michigan at 8.7%, and Ohio is at 8.9%.