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.
Indiana’s work force went up more than 13,000 last month, with a nearly 50,000 worker increase in the last four months.
An economist says Indiana's unemployment rate could reach as low at 8.3 percent or as high as 9.5 percent in 2012.