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Indiana Says Rise In July Unemployment Rate Is Inaccurate

Indiana's unemployment benefits were extended because the unemployment rates averaged above 8.5 percent for the past three months.

State officials say the numbers in the July jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistic do not add up.

Approximately 3,300 private sectors jobs were created last month and government hiring surged, leading to an increase in total non-farm employment of more than ten thousand jobs. But Indiana’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percent to 8.2 percent, according to the the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

State Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says his agency does not agree with the Bureau’s assessment of Indiana’s employment picture.

“The numbers that they’ve shown for June and July would be the same as almost the entire city of Anderson, the entire population of Anderson going from gainfully employed to completely not even in the job market anymore,” he says.

Frank says the Department of Workforce Development is discussing the possible discrepancies with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but says the Bureau has no issue with its figures.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics randomly surveys 1,000 Hoosier homes to determine how many people are either employed, on unemployment or not even looking for work.

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