INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana’s unemployment rate remains at 3.6 percent for April, and the national rate also stands at 3.6 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.
Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 1,349 over the previous month. This was a result of an increase of 29 unemployed residents and an increase of 1,320 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.41 million, and the state’s 65.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.8 percent.
Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here.
Employment by Sector
Private sector employment has grown by 36,700 over the year and decreased by 3,600 over the previous month. The monthly decrease is primarily due to losses in the Financial Activities (-600) and the Manufacturing (-400) sectors. Losses were partially offset by gains in the Leisure and Hospitality (1,600) and the Construction (1,100) sectors. Total private employment stands at 2,743,500, which is 11,400 above the December 2018 peak.