INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is reporting the 19th straight month of job growth even though the state’s unemployment grew in January.
The State Department of Workforce Development reports Indiana added 8,200 private sector jobs in January.
However, with the labor force increasing by nearly 14,000 people, more than 10,000 of whom returned to look for work over the month, the state’s jobless rate increase from 8.3% in December to 8.6%.
It was the largest one-month expansion of the workforce since November 1993.
Over the past month, the Hoosier state accounted for nearly 6% of the nation’s private sector employment increase while adding jobs at three times the national rate. Since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, Indiana is now outpacing the national average for private sector growth (7.9% versus 4.9%)
“It’s quite encouraging Indiana seems to be continuing the trend of private sector job growth into 2013,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “However, it is very confusing when BLS has survey data from 5,000 businesses showing continued increases in employment, while the household survey continues to show employment below what businesses are reporting.”