New numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show Indiana’s unemployment rate is about the same as it was one year ago. DWD spokesperson Valerie Kroeger says though the percentage of people out of work is the same, with more people in the job market and more jobs needing to be filled, a stagnant unemployment rate can be misleading.
“Last year we did not see the job growth we’re seeing this year and we had less people in the labor force,” Kroeger says. “This year we have more people in the labor force and we have more private sector jobs that are out there, so our numbers are getting larger as far as people in the labor force and jobs.”
Still, surrounding states are seeing their unemployment rates drop faster. Indiana’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.9%, down from 10.1% in September. In surrounding states only Illinois’ is lower, at 9.6%.