Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 2, 2013

Good and bad news for Hoosier unemployment

Indiana led the nation in manufacturing job growth in June, adding 4,300 positions. California came in second place, with 2,600 manufacturing jobs added. Overall, the manufacturing sector experienced the largest one-month increase since August 2004, according to an Indiana Department of Workforce Development report.

Since July 2009, Indiana has added nearly 64,000 manufacturing jobs, coming in second in the nation, at a 14.9 percent rate of growth, ranking third in the nation. The state continues to have the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector than any other state.

“The manufacturing sector experienced the largest one-month increase in nearly a decade,” said Scott Sanders, IDWD commissioner. “The majority of the growth occurred in durable goods, mainly in transportation equipment.”

He also noted that private sector employment for June of 2.5 million has not been near this level since June 2008, and initial claims for unemployment insurance continue to remain at their lowest levels since 2000.

Gov. Mike Pence said, “The job growth seen in Indiana’s manufacturing sector in the month of June shows that people are going to work in Indiana. While too many Hoosiers are still out of work, I am encouraged by today’s report and anticipate further progress for jobs in Indiana in the months ahead.”

Private sector employment in Indiana grew by 5,300 jobs in June, the third month in a row of significant increases.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up from 8.3 percent in May to 8.4 percent in June. The increase put Indiana in the middle of neighboring states: Ohio, 7.2 percent; Kentucky, 8.4 percent; Michigan, 8.7 percent; and Illinois, 9.2 percent. The U.S. average unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.

Rates in two area counties fall above and below the state mark. At 8.1 percent, Franklin ranks 62nd out of 92 counties. Its unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in June 2012.

At 9.5 percent, Ripley ranks 27th out of 92 counties with the most unemployment. That’s also higher than a year ago when the percentage was 9.3.

Indiana’s highest jobless rate is in Fountain County with 12.4 percent. Dubois and Hamilton counties each have the most persons working, tied at 6.2 percent, according to the report.

More information about the June 2013 Indiana Employment Report can be found at http://bit.ly/1bt1Z7d.

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