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Indiana Unemployment Rate Rises Despite Record Job Creation

Department of Workforce Development officials attribute the higher unemployment rate to people restarting the job search.

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State officials say more people are looking for jobs in Indiana.

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in a year, even though the state’s private sector sent a June record for job creation.

The state’s unemployment rate rose 0.2 percent t to 5.9 percent, which is the first time the rate has gone up since June of 2013.

The state Department of Workforce Development attributes the increase to more people looking for work. About 4,000 people resumed their job hunt last month.

Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders says June’s employment picture is a positive sign, but also evidence that work to recuperate the state’s economy isn’t finished.

The Hoosier private sector added 10,000 jobs last month, including growth in every major employment sector.

The surge was led by the leisure and hospitality and construction sectors, each contributing at least 2,700 new jobs.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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