Will Indiana’s Unemployment Improve? Pence Waiting To See

Indiana's jobless rate is nearly a full percentage higher than the national average.

Governor Mike Pence

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Governor Mike Pence vetoed a bill that would raise the income tax in Jackson and Pulaski counties retroactively.

The Department of Workforce Development will release the unemployment report for the month of May later this morning and officials, including Governor Mike Pence, are hoping for a figure that‘s closer to the national jobless rate of 7.6 percent. The April rate in Indiana was 8.5 percent, but that was down two-tenths from March.

Indiana has created private sector jobs in 37 of the last 40 months, but the jobless rate has remained stubbornly high since the recession began – it hasn‘t been below eight-percent since November 2008.

Until last September, Indiana‘s rate had remained relatively close to the national unemployment rate, but there was a full percentage point difference in April – the national rate was 7.5 percent that month.

This story will be updated.

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