Indiana's Unemployment Drops Slightly in February

Friday, March 25th, 2022 10:12am

By Indiana Department of Workforce Development, news release

The jobless rate has been on a steady decline since May 2020.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.3 percent in February from 2.4 percent in January—continuing a favorable streak that began in May 2020 in which the unemployment rate each month since has either fallen or remained stable, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The national unemployment rate, by comparison, decreased to 3.8 percent in February from 4.0 percent in January.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate rose from 61.9 percent in January to 62.1 percent in February, falling just below the national rate of 62.3 percent. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,315,890.

“This is positive news for the State of Indiana,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said. “Unemployment fell again while private employment and labor force participation numbers both increased—a winning combination. Now we need to sustain that success long-term.”

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 10,800 jobs over the last month, resulting in a gain of 101,500 jobs from this time last year. Total private employment now stands at 2,743,800—a new preliminary peak for the state. The monthly increase in jobs primarily can be attributed to:

• Professional & Business Services (+5,400) • Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+2,900) • Financial Activities (+1,500) • Construction (+1,200) 

Currently, there are 152,390 open job postings throughout the state. The number of people in Indiana that received unemployment benefits during February was 22,901.

“With so many opportunities available, it’s a great time for those seeking to return to the workforce, or those who are already employed and desire a change, to find stable work and good wages and learn new skills,” Payne continued. 

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