IN Brief

Indiana unemployment rate remains at 3.1%

By: - March 13, 2023 1:18 pm

January’s unemployment rate stayed at 3.1%, lower than the national unemployment rate of 3.4%. (Graphic from the Department of Workforce Development)

Indiana’s unemployment rate stayed at 3.1% for the second month in a row, according to a release from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The 3.1% rate is a slight increase from January 2022, when unemployment hit 2.4%. However, Indiana’s unemployment rate is still lower than the national average, which fell from 3.5% in December to 3.4% in January.

Nationally, an estimated 62.4% of Americans participate in the workforce, lower than the Hoosier participation rate of 63.4%. Over 3.4 million Hoosiers make up the state’s workforce, which includes both those who are employed and those seeking a job. The number of Hoosiers in the workforce was nearly unchanged from the previous reports, falling by just 973 from January.

The largest growth came from private sector employment, which increased by 12,600 jobs from the last month. Compared to last year, Indiana gained 85,300 jobs. Overall private employment in Indiana included 2.8 million jobs.

The largest growth came from the following industries:

  • Construction: 6,700 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality: 4,700 jobs
  • Private Educational and Health Services: 2,500 jobs
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities: 1,500 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services: 300 jobs

As of the first of this month, Indiana had 130,839 job openings, compared to 19,460 unemployment insurance claims. The month before, Indiana reported 128,198 open job postings and 21,773 Hoosiers filing for unemployment benefits.

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Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.