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Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1 Percent

While the manufacturing and health services sectors showed job gains, the private sector lost jobs as a whole.

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Indiana's unemployment rate dropped .3% in August but private sector jobs decreased.

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent last month, its lowest level in nearly a year.

Both the manufacturing and private educational and health services sectors made significant gains, each adding 3,000 jobs.

But the state’s private sector, as a whole, lost 2,900 jobs in August.

July’s employment numbers were revised downward, reflecting significant private sector job loss.

University of Indianapolis economist Matt Will says the economy continues to send mixed messages.

“I see some good news in manufacturing; I see some bad news in construction,” Will says. “I see some good news in the percentage being down; I see some bad news in the private sector dropping. So I wouldn’t say it’s overall bad; I’d say it’s overall confusing.”

Will says job losses in the transportation, construction and hospitality and leisure sectors concern him because he says those are sectors that lead a growing economy.

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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