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Indiana’s Unemployment Still High, but Lower than Nation

Unemployment numbers show Indiana’s situation improving slightly faster than the rest of the nation, but the state took a harder fall to begin with.

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Indiana's unemployment numbers are improving over the long term, but not recently.

Unemployment numbers show Indiana’s situation improving slightly faster than the rest of the nation, but the state took a harder fall to begin with in 2007 through 2009. Indiana University Professor Emeritus of Economics Bill Witte says Indiana’s manufacturing jobs are rebounding faster than other industries.

“In Indiana,” he says, “we actually saw a recovery in employment a little early, and I think to a large extent because the national economy recovery has been led by manufacturing, and Indiana is a manufacturing state.”

With unemployment benefits expiring though for thousands of Hoosiers, State Representative Matt Pierce says the state is going to have step and not rely exclusively on the federal government for support.

“In this particular economy,” says Pierce, “its easy to just look at the whole global issue, the banking, and the federal reserve, and say ‘this is bigger than all of us combined at the statehouse.’ You really can’t just seed the territory, you’ve really got to look at what we can do in Indiana to try to improve it.”

Currently, Indiana’s unemployment stands around 9.8%, up from 9.5% earlier this year.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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