Indiana unemployment crept upward to 8.3 percent in August, despite the addition of 7,200 private sector jobs, the Department of Workforce Development said.
DWD questioned how the U.S. Department of Labor's statistics factor into the job figures, saying they showed "considerable discrepancies between the two measures of job growth and employment."
State officials said that a federal government phone survey of 1,000 Indiana households derived date indicating that more than 66,000 Hoosiers went from their jobs to no longer being in the workforce over the course of three months, more than in neighboring states.
During the same period, the same survey indicated the private sector jobs increased by more than 11,000 positions.
"Yet another month the federal government has notified us our unemployment rate increased while we added actual jobs,” said Scott Sanders, DWD commissioner. "We have repeatedly questioned their data models. It’s pretty obvious the numbers just don't add up."
Indiana's unemployment rate is now above the national average of 8.1 percent. The state made gains in private education and health services jobs, construction positions and trade transportation and utilities jobs.
There were job losses in the government sector, financial activities and professional and business services.
Ohio's unemployment rate is now significantly below Indiana, at 7.2 percent. All other neighboring states have a higher unemployment rate than Indiana.
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