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No Change For Indiana’s Unemployment Rate In May

Indiana's May unemployment rate held at 7.9 percent, below the national average.

Indiana’s unemployment rate stayed steady in May, even as private sector employers added 7,700 jobs.

The state lost an estimated 1,000 hospitality and tourism sector jobs in May, but those losses were more than offset by gains of more than 4,000 jobs apiece in the trade, private education and health industries.

Counting all non-farm jobs, the state created another 1,700 positions last month, but that was only enough to keep the state’s unemployment rate steady at 7.9 percent – just below the countrywide figure of 8.2 percent.

Three neighboring states – Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio – all improved their unemployment rates by a tenth of one percent last month, while Michigan saw a two-tenths of a percent increase.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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