June unemployment rate drops to 11.2%


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INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — Indiana’s unemployment rate has dropped to 11.2% for June, with the national average at 11.1%.

Unemployment data was released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on Friday.

Indiana’s labor force increased 53,484 over the month of May with a decrease of 28,747 unemployed residents and an increase of 82,231 employed residents, the report said. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million. The state’s 64.3% labor force participation rate is above the national rate of 61.5 percent, according to the report.

“Continued unemployment claims in Indiana are dropping slowly, but the numbers are still significantly higher than they were this time last year,” said Rick Farrant, communications director for Northeast Indiana Works. “Many, many people continue to struggle in the current economic environment. At the same time, many companies are currently hiring and for some people there may be work opportunities comparable to their previous jobs – or even better.”  

Indiana’s June 2020 unemployment rate (Indiana Department of Workforce Development)

“June’s statewide unemployment numbers reflect an Indiana economy that had largely but not entirely reopened,” said Rachel Blakeman, director of the Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Research Institute. “I did not expect to see a similar drop from May to June, like we did from April to May, because the Back on Track plan was clearly underway in both May and June. However, the fact that these numbers remain in the double digits shows that we are far from a pre-pandemic level of recovery.”

Compared to other Midwest states, Indiana had one of the highest unemployment rates for the region, the report shows.

Midwest June 2020 unemployment rates compared to May 2020 and June 2019 (Indiana Department of Workforce Development)

To learn more about how the unemployment rates are calculated, visit the Indiana State Government website.

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