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Indiana Adds Record Jobs, December Unemployment Holds Steady

Indiana added 1,700 jobs in December, but the workforce is growing too quickly for the new jobs to bring down the unemployment rate.

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Business and professional services added the most jobs in December, followed by the manufacturing sector.

Indiana’s workforce grew in December by the largest amount in more than 35 years.

Indiana added 1,200 private sector jobs last month, and the labor market increased by more than 1,700. University of Indianapolis economist Matt Will says that improvement is not just a result of the country emerging from the recession.

“Because I don’t know if it’s a sign of a recovery,” he says. “I think it’s a sign of how great Indiana is doing in creating jobs.”

Indiana created the second-most jobs in the country last month, behind only Texas and just ahead of California. Will says that is particularly impressive when comparing those states to Indiana.

“When you consider the size of their population, our job growth – you know, here’s an opinion for you – is phenomenal,” he says.

Despite the job growth, the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9 percent. But Will says what is important is that Indiana’s labor market is not growing too fast to fill the newly-created jobs.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 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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