The Hoosier state saw the trend of private sector expansion continue this February, with an additional 5,800 jobs added into the marketplace.
February marked the 38th month of private sector increases in Indiana since employment reached its lowest point in July 2009. Since that low point, Indiana added more than 188,000 private sector jobs, 65,000 of which were manufacturing positions. Manufacturing remains strong throughout the state with job growth more than tripling the national average at 3.3 percent over the past year.
Manufacturing led the way in employment gains in February, followed by construction, trade and transportation industries and then finally financial activities. Private educational and health sectors, as well as the leisure and hospitality sector showed a decline.
February also marked the second continuous month during which Indiana experienced a noticeable bump in the labor force. According to Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development’s report, 7,500 Hoosiers were added to the work force, more than half of which were unemployed and began looking for work. Officials attribute the 0.1 percent increase in the unemployment rate to 8.7 percent to the influx of workers looking for jobs.
Combined with January 2013 numbers, the beginning part of this year saw nearly 22,000 people enter into the labor force—the largest two month climb in almost 20 years.