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Indiana’s Employment Numbers Are Up, Income Levels Are Down

Indiana’s private sector set a one-month job creation record in November, adding more than 25,000 jobs.

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Indiana's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports that the 25,300 jobs created in November are the most on record for a single month, and not a single sector of the economy lost jobs.

The state’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent, lower than any neighboring state.

In a statement, Governor Mike Pence applauded Hoosier businesses, saying the continued trends prove Indiana’s economy is strong and getting stronger.

Yet the State Budget Committee Friday also revised its revenue projects downward, predicting less revenue than planned.

Representative Terry Goodin, D-Austin, says Friday’s job numbers illustrate the problem House Democrats have been eyeing for months.

“We’ve been talking about for the last 13 months or more about the types of jobs being created in Indiana as we move forward,” Representative Goodin says. “The employment numbers are up but income levels are down.”

Economic analysts told State Budget Committee members Friday the disparity between jobs created and revenue losses can’t fully be explained.  Possibilities include low wage jobs and reduced hours for high-wage workers.

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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  • Hannah JoanneMorgan

    Attempting to get a full-time job as a sp.ed. teacher this past summer… very few positions were full-time due to health care costs. Positions were all part-time. Now I teach in a Catholic school… pay is lousy, but it’s low-stress compared to other teaching jobs. Anywhere that unions have been busted, the pay is going to be poor. “Right to Work” means “right to work for less.” Indiana is business friendly, not worker friendly.

  • Bob Eckert

    This is just what our 3-way (House Senate Governor) Republican state government wants. Everyone working at minimum wage jobs without out any of the power than additional income brings (including political) and at the same time raising the income stream for the state so that they can give subsidies to the very corporations that will not pay a living wage to our citizens. Evil.

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