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.
Indiana's unemployment rate is still below the national average of 8.2 percent.
The state’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent in March to 7.9 percent in April.
Kokomo is receiving $50,000 from the grant, in part because of the county's high unemployment.
The unemployment rate fell for the fourth straight month in March.
Indiana's unemployment rate fell in February but economist say that could be a temporary drop.
Kokomo still has a higher than average unemployment rate, but Goodnight says that number is on the decline.
Columbus had the highest growth rate in the nation at 6.4 percent according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.
Indiana added 1,700 jobs in December, but the workforce is growing too quickly for the new jobs to bring down the unemployment rate.