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Unemployment falls in Indiana, rises in Illinois

A construction worker looks over plans on Wednesday during construction of a portion of floodwall along the Little Calumet River in 2010. Indiana's unemployment rate peaked at 10.9 percent in January 2010. It now stands at 4.4 percent.

Indiana’s jobless rate dropped by 0.1 percent to 4.4 percent last month, while unemployment in Illinois rose 0.1 percent to 5.5 percent.

The Hoosier State has the seventh highest jobless rate out of the 12 U.S. Census-designated Midwestern states, while Illinois has the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest and the 43rd highest in the country.

“While Indiana’s low unemployment rate is a positive economic indicator, it has also created a challenge for Hoosier businesses to find skilled workers, particularly in fields like information technology and advanced manufacturing,” Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun said.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is below the national rate of 4.9 percent.

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Indiana added 3,400 private sector jobs net in October.

The biggest gain was in education and health services, which added 3,600 jobs, and the biggest loss was in professional and business services, which lost 700 jobs.

Illinois added 11,500 jobs in October, including 4,800 in professional and business services and 1,600 in manufacturing.

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