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Indiana unemployment rate improves in December for first time in months

The side of a state government building in Indianapolis with a sign that reads "Indiana A State that Works."
FILE PHOTO: Justin Hicks
IPB News
Indiana's unemployment rate has been below 4 percent since July 2021.

Indiana’s unemployment rate improved in December for the first time in eight months.

The measure is 3.6 percent, back below the national unemployment rate and where the state’s unemployment rate had been in September and October. And the rate has now been below 4 percent for two-and-a-half years.

But Indiana’s labor force participation rate dropped in December to its lowest point in nearly two years. That measure takes into account not just people with jobs, but also those actively looking for work. It’s often used as a sign of optimism in the economy.

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Still, the rate remains above the national labor force participation rate. And most of the state’s employment sectors added jobs last month. The notable exceptions were the financial sector and leisure and hospitality jobs.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.