Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped for the 13th consecutive month in April.
The unemployment rate fell to eight point two percent in April, point three percent less than March. Department of Workforce Development Communications Director Valerie Kroeger says Indiana’s figure compares favorably not just nationally but in the region too.
“We are now below the national average of 9%,” she said, “and below all of our neighboring states for the third month in a row.”
April marks the first time Indiana’s unemployment rate was at least 0.8% lower than the national average since June of 2003. But while unemployment rates are down, so is the number of jobs. The report released Friday showed a total loss of 2,500 jobs in April.
Though gains were made in private education, health and leisure and hospitality sector jobs, professional and business service as well as manufacturing jobs fell.
Kroeger says those losses might be partially due to the Japanese earthquake’s effects.