The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the economy is getting better, but it is still nowhere near what it was before the economic downturn.
Spokesman Ken Levasseur says the latest jobless numbers for Indiana are mirroring the national unemployment rate. Indiana‘s unemployment rate stood at 7.7 percent for April this year compared to 8.5 percent in April 2011.
Levasseur says the Bureau‘s national rate dropped from 8.7 percent in April 2011 to 7.7 for April 2012. Levasseur says April to April unemployment in Indianapolis dropped slightly from 7.9 to 7.3 percent, in South Bend it dropped from 9.5 to 8.5 percent while in Bloomington it ticked up a bit from 6.7 to 6.9 percent.
Levasseur says they don‘t typically cite reasons, but believes the Indy figures reveal overall job growth and strength in the manufacturing sector.