12/23/13 Indiana gained 25,500 private sector jobs in November, the largest one-month increase in The Hoosier State on record. All employment sectors saw significant growth, with the exception of the leisure and hospitality sector, which was unchanged for the month. Employment sectors experiencing the largest increases in hiring over the month were Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+6,800), Construction (+5,400), Manufacturing (+4,800), and Professional and Business services (+4,700). Indiana was responsible for nearly 13 percent of the nation’s private sector job growth in November.
Indiana’s unemployment rate declined in November as well, dropping 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent, lower than all neighboring states. Fewer Hoosiers are now unemployed (232,400), than in November of 2008 (240,600).
Taking a look at local number, Marshall County is 30th on the list with a rate of 7.4 an increase of .1% from October. Looking at area counties you’ll find LaPorte ranked 6th in the state with a rate of 8.9 up .3% from last month. Saint Joseph County is 14th on the list with a rate of 8.3 a decrease of .1% from October. Starke County is 16th of the 92 counties with a rate of 8.1 while Elkhart County comes in at 27th with a rate of 7.6. Fulton County is 34 on the list with a rate of 7.4% an increase of .1% from last month. Other counties include Pulaski County sitting at 69th of the counties with a rate of 6.4 and increase from 5.7 last month and Kosciusko 82 on the list with a rate of 6.0 up from 5.8 in October.
“The job numbers are welcome news to every Hoosier and are a testament to the hard working people of our state and businesses that power Indiana’s economy every day, “said Governor Mike Pence.
“November was a historic month of job growth in Indiana,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “It is encouraging that fewer Hoosiers are unemployed that in November of 2008, and the unemployment rate has dropped by more than a percentage point over the past few months. However, we need to keep the ball moving by strengthening Indiana’s pro-growth climate.”
Sectors showing gains in November include: Trade, Transportation & Utilities (6,800), Construction (5,400), Manufacturing (4,800), Professional and Business Services (4,700), Financial Activities (1,300), and Private Educational & Health services (600). No sectors showed declines in November. Total non-farm employment increased in November (25,200).