The state’s private sector added 5,600 jobs in August – the fifth consecutive month of private sector job growth.
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.
State officials say the increase in the unemployment rate was sparked by an increase in the number of people reentering the job hunt.
State officials say the rise in the unemployment rate can be attributed to an increase in the number of people seeking jobs.
As the state creates more jobs, more people are entering the labor force, keeping the unemployment rate just below 6 percent.
Department of Workforce Development officials attribute the higher unemployment rate to people restarting the job search.
Indiana's unemployment rate dropped for the ninth consecutive month.
Indiana's unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in March, according to figures from the Department of Workforce Development.
Indiana's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent last month, but the state's private sector lost 4,800 jobs.
The state's unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in October, down from 8.1 percent in August.