(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana is gaining jobs according to the latest employment report by the state’s Department of Workforce Development.
The July 2010 report released Friday shows Indiana private sector employment grew by 13,000 jobs last month with five of the eight major sectors showing gains. However, the statewide seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was up slightly to 10.2 percent from 10.1 percent in June.
With last month’s addition there have been 55,500 private sector jobs added in Indiana in 2010, good for a 2.4 percent increase and four times faster than the national rate.
"With two percent of the population Hoosiers have captured nine percent of all new jobs in the nation," said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. "We're pleased with the continued improvement in manufacturing and signs of life in construction. Our unemployment rate stubbornly remains around ten percent because Indiana's positive job growth has encouraged thousands of Hoosiers to return to the labor force and resume their job hunt this year."
Sectors seeing major gains in employment in July were Private Education and Health Services (4,600), Manufacturing (4,300), Construction (2,800), Financial Activities (1,600) and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (1,100).
Meanwhile, sectors suffering losses included Professional and Business Services (-800) and Leisure and Hospitality (-500). Government employment declined 4,300 mostly due to the end of Census work.
For the second consecutive month, Indiana did not have the lowest unemployment among its neighboring states. Kentucky was the lowest with 9.9 percent, followed by Ohio and Illinois at 10.3, and Michigan at 13.1.
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Data Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development