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Indiana Adds Record Jobs, December Unemployment Holds Steady

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Indiana’s workforce grew in December by the largest amount in more than 35 years.

Indiana added 1,200 private sector jobs last month, and the labor market increased by more than 1,700. University of Indianapolis economist Matt Will says that improvement is not just a result of the country emerging from the recession.

“Because I don’t know if it’s a sign of a recovery," he says. "I think it’s a sign of how great Indiana is doing in creating jobs.”

Indiana created the second-most jobs in the country last month, behind only Texas and just ahead of California. Will says that is particularly impressive when comparing those states to Indiana.

“When you consider the size of their population, our job growth – you know, here’s an opinion for you – is phenomenal," he says.

Despite the job growth, the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9 percent. But Will says what is important is that Indiana’s labor market is not growing too fast to fill the newly-created jobs.

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