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Manufacturing Sector Jobs, Unemployment Rate Increase

Indiana’s manufacturing sector had its biggest one-month job increase in nearly nine years, but the state's unemployment rate also rose to 8.4 percent.

Indiana’s manufacturing sector had its biggest one-month job increase in nearly nine years in June.

Indiana’s private sector added 5,3000 jobs last month, the third consecutive month of job growth. The bulk of the increase came from the manufacturing sector, which added 4,300 jobs, the biggest single-month increase since August 2004.

But the state’s unemployment rate went up for the first time in three months, now at 8.4 percent.

Still, in a statement Department of Workforce Development Commission Scott Sanders says the total number of employed Hoosiers is at its highest level in four years and initial claims for unemployment are at their lowest point in more than a decade.

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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