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July 2018 Employment Data

This just in via email from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. NOTE: the increase of 2,964 in unemployed residents shows 2,964 more people are now seeking jobs – people who gave up looking long ago are now re-entering the job market in earnest with intent to become employed. This is a very strong indicator that the quality and benefits of available jobs has increased enough to attract more workers.

July Indiana Employment Report

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 17, 2018) – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 percent for July and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 15,564 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,964 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 12,600 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.8 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent. Indiana’s labor force growth of 67,519 over the past six months represents the state’s largest six-month increase since 1995 in the state.

In addition, Indiana’s initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here:

June Indiana County, City & MSA Employment Report

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For Immediate Release | 7/23/2018
Contact: Kayli Schroeder
Phone: 317-232-7358

June Indiana County, City
& MSA Employment Report

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2018) – Links to June 2018 employment data for Indiana counties, cities and MSA’s are listed below:

Employment Report (LAUS)
Labor Force Estimates for U.S., Indiana, MSAs, Counties, Cities

Ranking of Indiana Counties by Unemployment Rate
Indiana County Map with Unemployment Rates

Jobs Report (CES)
Seasonally-Adjusted Employment Table for Indiana
Non-Seasonally-Adjusted Employment Table for Indiana

Detailed Employment Listing – Statewide & MSAs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), sub-state level data are not seasonally adjusted due to sample size. For example, over the course of a year, the size of the labor force, employment and unemployment levels, and other measures of labor market undergo fluctuations due to seasonal events including changes in weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules. Therefore, for more accurate comparisons, data should be compared to the same month from prior years, not the previous month, as to better account for non-economic factors.

The July 2018 Indiana Employment Report will be released on Friday, August 17, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) and the July 2018 Indiana County, City and MSA Employment Report will be released on Monday, August 20, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).

Minimum wage changes things

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We must be aware of what is becoming a nationwide change to demand that only people who have enough marketable job skills to qualify for a wage of $15 per hour be permitted to work.

This short Forbes article is by  an experienced executive level decision maker, and should be read by all. -jdn-

As minimum wage levels approach or surpass $15 nationwide, restaurant customers expecting to be greeted by a smiling face will instead be welcomed by a glowing LED screen.

As of 2020, self-service ordering kiosks will be implemented at all U.S. McDonald’s locations. … While some consumers may appreciate the novelty or added convenience, the conveniences come at the cost of entry-level jobs.

My concern about this is personal. Without my opportunity to start as a grill man, I would have never ended up running one of largest fast food chains in the world. I started working at McDonald’s making the minimum wage of 85 cents an hour. I worked hard and earned a promotion to restaurant manager within just one year, then went on to hold almost every position available throughout the company, eventually rising to CEO of McDonalds USA.