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Indiana Unemployment Rate Down Again in December

Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 4.3 percent for December, and the national rate is 6.7 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 83,609 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 23,903 unemployed residents and an increase of 107,512 employed residents.

Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 64.0 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 61.5 percent.

Indiana continued to have the lowest rate among its contiguous states and was on of only two states which had a lower rate in December than they had in November.  For December, Michigan stood at 7.5%, Ohio was 5.5%, Kentucky was 6.0%, and Illinois was 7.6%.