Indiana's unemployment rate decreased to 8.2 percent, but the private sector also lost 6,000 jobs.
Indiana's casinos have taken a hit because several casinos have opened in cities close to the state's border.
A new employment program in Southwest aims to help 17 to 25-year-old dropouts receive GEDs and job training.
Peabody officials say 230 workers will lose their jobs when the mine closes.
The Phoenix Group plans to build a $15-million facility in Columbus.
Democrats say a work-share program that lowers workers' hours but avoids layoffs would benefit the state.
The new facility manufactures poly-tetra-flourine-ethelyne, which is used as a non-stick coating on many Cook products.
The over $2 billion project will relieve traffic congestion for Louisville and southern Indiana.
It's the first time in almost two decades that Indianapolis will host the convention.
Governor Mitch Daniels stopped at a plant he says has become a gem of the entire Indiana economy.