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Indiana's unemployment rated stayed steady at 3.9% in April
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Indiana's unemployment rated stayed steady at 3.9% in April

Indiana's unemployment rated ticked up to 4% in May

The Illinois Department of Employment Security office in Springfield in shown in 2016.

Indiana's unemployment rate stayed steady at 3.9% in April.

The national jobless rate was 6.1% in April, up from 6% in March.

Indiana's labor force — the total number of people working and actively seeking work — grew by 145 in March, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. A total of 955 more Hoosiers were unemployed last month, and 810 fewer were employed.

Indiana's unemployment rate finally fell under 10% in July, five months into the coronavirus pandemic that swept the globe.

A total of 3.34 million Hoosiers — or about 63.1% — are participating in the labor force, as compared to 61.7% of people nationwide, according to the DWD. A total of 2.62 million Hoosiers are working in the private sector.

Private-sector employment in Indiana has risen by 362,400 this year but declined by 600 in April. Last month, the Hoosier state gained 1,300 jobs in manufacturing and 1,300 in private education and health services, according to the Department of Workforce Development. The state lost 2,300 jobs in construction and 800 in leisure and hospitality.

Unemployment also stayed steady at 7.1% in April in neighboring Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Illinois gained 300 jobs in March. The state added 8,100 jobs in leisure and hospitality, 4,300 in government and 4,000 jobs in construction. The state lost 7,800 jobs in manufacturing, 4,900 in professional and business services, 2,800 in education and health services, and 2,8000 in trade, transportation and utilities.

In April, Indiana was tied with Wisconsin for the 11th lowest unemployment rate nationally and the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the 12 U.S. Census Bureau-designated Midwest states, trailing Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and Iowa. Illinois had the highest jobless rate in the Midwest and the 41st highest nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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