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Indiana's unemployment rate has dropped almost 1.7 percentage points since last year, but has risen slightly in the last month. - GRAPHIC BY SETH MORIN
  • Graphic by Seth Morin
  • Indiana's unemployment rate has dropped almost 1.7 percentage points since last year, but has risen slightly in the last month.

By Seth Morin
The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June for the first time in the state in 10 months.

Indiana’s unemployment rate had been on a steady decline that ended in May when the unemployment rate stayed the same. The rate in June rose from 5.7 percent to 5.9 percent.

Still Indiana’s rate of 5.9 percent is nearly 2 percentage points lower than this point last year. And the state’s unemployment rate has declined 1.7 percentage points in the last year – the 9th largest decrease in the nation.

Indiana added 10,000 private sector jobs in June – the largest gain recorded for June. The state has added nearly 235,000 jobs since the low point of employment in 2009.

Scott Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said the increased unemployment rate is largely the result of some 4,000 individuals returning to the labor force to look for work.

State officials said claims for unemployment insurance in June remain at levels not seen since 2000.

Seth Morin is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.

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