With the national unemployment rate rising 9.1% in May, one staffing specialist says Indiana is still looking good.Though the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.2% in April, Stacy Rouse, with the staffing firm That’s Good HR in Indianapolis, said there was an unexpected spike in employment activity during the fourth quarter of 2010, and a big improvement in the first quarter of 2011, particularly in certain industries:
“Where we’re typically seeing it,” she said, “is in manufacturing, supply chain distribution, accounting, finance. Those are kind of our hot spots right now.”
Rouse said that most activity has been in Indianapolis, followed by Fort Wayne. Beyond that, job growth is scattered or “hit and miss” between some of Indiana’s other, bigger cities.
The number of people looking for jobs has been consistent, prompting Rouse to speculate that people may be becoming more comfortable with the stability of the job market, and with that more willing to take the risk of looking for a job.
The state unemployment rate for May is scheduled to be released on June 17.