Indiana adds 9K private sector jobs in May, hits pre-recession employment rate

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana added 9,000 private sector jobs in May, according to a report released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The overall unemployment rate in the state dropped to 8.3 percent -- down from 8.5 percent.

The DWD said Indiana's private sector employment rate is at pre-recession levels (2,516,600) that haven't been seen since July 2008 (2,513,300).

May's addition of 9,000 jobs is the largest single-month increase in more than a year.

According to the DWD's numbers, five sectors added jobs and two sectors showed declines, as follows:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities: +4,100
  • Leisure and hospitality: +3,300
  • Professional and business services: +2,500
  • Financial activities: +1,400
  • Construction: +400
  • Private educational and health services: -1,600
  • Manufacturing: -800

For more data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, click here .

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