The Journal Gazette
Friday, May 22, 2020 10:37 am

State's jobless rate reaches 16.9% in April

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

Indiana’s 16.9% unemployment rate for April brings the state to a new record, according to data Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Indiana's seasonally adjusted labor force last month was at 3,237,228 and the number of employed was 2,691,319. An estimated 545,909 individuals were unemployed and seeking work, Workforce Development said in a Friday news release.

Among Midwest states, Michigan had the highest jobless rate for April -- 22.7% when seasonally adjusted. Ohio and Illinois had unemployment rates more comparable to Indiana, at 16.8% and 16.4%, respectively, according to the Workforce Development data.

County-level April unemployment rates for Indiana are scheduled to be released Tuesday.

Indiana was above the national rate of 14.7% for April, and a year ago in April, unemployment among Hoosiers were just 3.6%.


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