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.