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Indiana Says Rise In July Unemployment Rate Is Inaccurate

The monthly jobs report shows Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent even though the private sector jobs added thousands of jobs.

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Indiana is questioning the way the Bureau of Labor Statistics determined the state's July unemployment rate.

State officials say the numbers in the July jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistic do not add up.

Approximately 3,300 private sectors jobs were created last month and government hiring surged, leading to an increase in total non-farm employment of more than ten thousand jobs. But Indiana’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percent to 8.2 percent, according to the the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

State Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says his agency does not agree with the Bureau’s assessment of Indiana’s employment picture.

“The numbers that they’ve shown for June and July would be the same as almost the entire city of Anderson, the entire population of Anderson going from gainfully employed to completely not even in the job market anymore,” he says.

Frank says the Department of Workforce Development is discussing the possible discrepancies with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but says the Bureau has no issue with its figures.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics randomly surveys 1,000 Hoosier homes to determine how many people are either employed, on unemployment or not even looking for work.

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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