Unemployment Numbers Decreasing in Indiana

 The state’s unemployment rate has decreased.

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percent to 5.7 percent which marked the ninth month in a row of unemployment rate declines in the state.

The rate has decreased by 2.1 percent over the past year and has remained below the national rate for the past four months.

The labor force increased by 11,700 in April. Indiana’s labor force participation rate exceeded the national rate in April for the first time since July of 2009.

Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said claims for state unemployment insurance in April were nearly 10,000 below April 2013 levels. Initial claims and continued claims are now at levels not seen since 2009.