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Economist: Job Declines Not A Cause For Concern

The Hoosier private sector lost nearly 10,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate held steady at eight percent.

Tim Slaper

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IU Economist Tim Slaper.

Indiana’s private sector saw its biggest job decline in more than three years last month. But an IU economist says it’s not time for concern.

The Hoosier private sector lost nearly 10,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate held steady at eight percent. The biggest contributor was the construction sector – more than two-thirds of the jobs lost came from construction. And Indiana University economist Timothy Slaper says the fiscal cliff likely played a role.

“It may also be the case that businesses were a little concerned about the uncertainty, if you will, in Washington and were holding back on their hiring,” he says.

Still, Slaper points out the state saw strong growth in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors And he says the state as a whole has outpaced the national economy in job growth and predicts continued modest growth for the state and country ahead.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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