Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped for the first time in six months in April.
It declined to 8.5 percent in April from 8.7 percent in March. The drop is the largest one month decrease in more than a year.
The private sector also created 6,800 jobs in the past month, marking 37 out of 40 months of job growth.
But Indiana’s unemployment rate is still higher than all but one of its neighboring states.
Governor Mike Pence says the state must start using the tools provided by the General Assembly this past session to spur job growth.
“Having an honestly balanced budget, having been able to pass permanent tax relief even while we were making critical investments – people are taking note,” he says. “The fact that we were recently named by Chief Executive Magazine as one of the top five best places in America to do business, best place in the Midwest to do business, really gives us a leg up.”
Pence says increasing the focus on career and vocational education in Indiana’s high schools will also help generate economic growth.