Indiana’s unemployment rate for April was 3.6%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The national unemployment rate for April was 3.9%.

Indiana’s labor force participation rate was 62.5% for April, while the national rate was 62.7%. This rate is the percentage of Hoosiers 16 and older that are either working or actively looking for work. Those not in the labor force include, primarily, students, retirees and other non-working populations, such as individuals unable to work due to a disability or illness, or adults responsible for their family’s childcare needs.

Indiana’s total labor force was 3,378,923 – a decrease of 1,908 from the previous month.

“Again this month, the employment data shows the historic opportunity for skilled workers in Indiana,” said DWD Commissioner Richard Paulk. “For the eighth month in a row, the number of private sector jobs reached a new peak. Professional and Business Services, Financial Activities, and Private Education and Health Services added jobs in Indiana over the month.”

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 300 jobs over the last month, resulting in a gain of 36,400 jobs from this time last year. Indiana’s April private employment was 2,848,500.

Industries that experienced job increases in April included:

  • Professional and Business Services (+1,100);
  • Financial Activities (+700);
  • Private Educational and Health Services (+600); and
  • Manufacturing (+300).

As of May 16, 2024, there were 102,684 online job postings throughout the state.