Indiana's unemployment rate dropped in September to 8.2 percent, according to data the state and federal government released Friday.
The jobless rate fell 0.1 percentage point from August's rate of 8.3 percent.
This marks the first decline in the rate since April. Indiana also recorded its first increase in the labor force in seven months, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
“I find it particularly encouraging that Hoosiers are returning to the labor force,” said Scott Sanders, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, in a statement. “Indiana also continues to outpace the nation in rate of private sector job growth and state continued unemployment insurance claims are at their lowest level since 2000.”