Indiana had its seventh consecutive month of job growth in May, with the addition of 7,700 new jobs, according to a report released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
This marks the best December-to-May period that the Hoosier state has seen in more than a decade.
Indiana's job gains accounted for almost 10 percent of the nation's overall increase in May.
Indiana continues to be a leader in job growth, Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said in a news release. Since the beginning of the year, the state has added 38,700 total private sector jobs led by 12,200 in manufacturing.
So far in 2012, Indiana has doubled the nation's numbers in private sector gains, with a rate of 1.6 percent.
Indianas unemployment rate held steady at 7.9 percent, 0.3 percent below the national rate of 8.2 percent. For the second consecutive month, Indianas rate was below the national average.
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