Indiana’s April unemployment rate highest in 38 years

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana officials have announced that during the month of April, the state saw it’s highest unemployment rate in 38 years.

The state has also released new data on which industries have seen the largest impact.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says during April, Indiana’s unemployment rate reached 16.9 percent, this is the highest since 1982 when the unemployment rate sat at 12.6 percent.

The state reports that the total number of private employment was down by 380,000 jobs over the month of April.

Of the industries impacted, data shows that the leisure and hospitality industry is down by 116,000 jobs, the most in the state.

The industry with the least amount of jobs lost is professional and business services, who saw a decline of just over 40,000 jobs.

Prior to the pandemic, during the month of March Indiana’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent.

Officials say there are signs that show that the economy is rebounding in some areas.

“We are seeing and we’re talking to employers on the manufacturing side who are ramping back up and those employers have informed us that they are ramping back up at full strength, very few of those jobs will not come back,” said Fred Payne, Indiana DWD commissioner.

Governor Eric Holcomb also says he believes the state has some advantages that will help make Indiana attractive for employers, as the economy continues to reopen.

“Fortunately for the state of Indiana, we are an extremely attractive tax and regulatory environment and so that’s why we’re seeing this interest as we responsibly come back online, more interest in growing business here,” Holcomb said.

State officials also says since March unemployment payments have totaled $1.7 billion dollars.

$500 million of those dollars have been paid directly from the state.

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