Unemployment rate ticks down in September but job numbers drop

Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

By Lesley Weidenbener
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, even as the state lost jobs overall.

Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The seasonally adjusted rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, down 0.1 percentage points from August. The rate is significantly lower than one year ago when it stood at 7.3 percent.

The drop comes even as the private sector suffered a decline of 1,900 jobs in the state, led primarily by losses in the leisure and hospitality and the trade, transportation and utilities sectors.

Still, Indiana employers added 6,000 manufacturing jobs, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous month.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says that’s the largest one-month increase in manufacturing jobs in a decade and one of the highest in the nation. Since July 200, the low point of employment, the state has added 90,000 manufacturing jobs, which ranks Indiana among the top five in the nation.

Correction: This post has been modified from its original content. The story now correctly lists the September unemployment rate at 5.7 percent. You can see all corrections at http://thestatehousefile.com/info/corrections/.
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