The jobless rate is dropping in many U.S. metropolitan areas, including Indiana. U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics reveal jobless rates were lower in December than a year earlier in 329 of the 372 metropolitan areas.
In Indiana, the largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment was reported in Columbus. Bloomington, the Elkhart-Goshen area, South Bend and Evansville also experienced gains in employment over the last year. As reported last month, 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. The national unemployment rate in december was 8.3 percent, down from 9.1 percent a year earlier.