The increase in the unemployment rate – while the state added 12,000 jobs at the same time – is explained by a surge in labor force participation.
The Hoosier private sector lost nearly 10,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate held steady at eight percent.
Retailers might hire more than 25,000 employees than last year and some could expect to keep their jobs after the holiday season.
Business analysts say while the economy is picking up slowly.
An IEDC report estimates more than 13,000 jobs will be created, but IEDC officials say economic concerns could lower the number of jobs actually created.
Columbus had the highest growth rate in the nation at 6.4 percent according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.