Indianapolis (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana’s private sector employment grew dramatically in April, adding 15,400 new jobs. This marks the fourth largest one-month increase in the past 22 years.
Hoosier job growth of 0.6 percent was six times the US average of 0.1 percent in April, which is accounted for approximately 12 percent of the nation’s increase. Over the past year, Indiana’s gains of 6.0 percent have almost doubled that of the national average, which is 3.1 percent.
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent to 7.9 percent, falling below the national rate of 8.1 percent. April was the fifth consecutive month the state’s rate declined. Since November 2008, Indiana’s unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent.
“The Hoosier state has not seen economic growth on this level in a generation,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development.
Sanders also stated that Indiana has added 36,500 jobs in 2012, the most jobs added in a four month period since late 1998.
Every huge sector grew in April, with manufacturing on top. The addition of 6,200 jobs in this sector alone outpaced Indiana’s entire private sector gains in March. With the recent trend, manufacturing hours also increased, meaning sustained growth in the industry.
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