Indiana sees further decline in unemployment rate

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate has dropped to 6.9 percent, reaching its lowest level in more than five years.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana’s jobless rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point last month. The unemployment rate for December is the state’s lowest since October 2008 when many job cuts were taking place as the recession deepened.

The state’s jobless rate has been dropping since the summer after having been long stuck above 8 percent.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.7 percent. The new report shows nearly 220,000 people were looking for jobs last month in Indiana. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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