Indiana's economy appears to be improving, based on the latest jobs report, and that could foreshadow higher state revenues for next year.
Indiana's unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent from September, and the private sector added 7,700 jobs.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced Monday its 2013 legislative priorities, including protecting education reform and tightening unemployment benefits.
Indiana's unemployment rate decreased to 8.2 percent, but the private sector also lost 6,000 jobs.
Indiana's unemployment rate rose above the national average to 8.3 percent, but the state also experienced significant job growth.
A Princeton study says 13,000 Hoosiers could have put off looking for work because of unemployment benefits.
Anyone with a health-related degree, regardless of their level of education, was less likely to be left unemployed by the economic downturn.
Indiana unemployment benefits change on Sunday, but recipients may not notice until November.
The monthly jobs report shows Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent even though the private sector jobs added thousands of jobs.
Monroe County's unemployment rate normally jumps in the summer, but some say it's still too high.