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State Cites Labor Force Influx As Unemployment Rate Rises

Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.7 percent in February, despite creating jobs every month for nearly the past two years.

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Unemployed people say they are concerned the state may revoke unemployment benefits because of federal budget cuts.

Indiana’s unemployment rate went up once again in February, though the state’s private sector marked the twentieth consecutive month of job growth.

Indiana’s private sector added 5,800 jobs last month. Since July of 2009, the low point of the recession, the state has created jobs in all but four months.

But at 8.7 percent in February, Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its highest level in more than a year. It rose slightly from January’s rate of 8.6 percent.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says that is because of a continued influx of Hoosiers into the labor force, including people who are getting a job or are actively looking for one again.

The labor force increased by 20,000 people in the first two months of this year, marking the biggest two-month jump in nearly two decades.

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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