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September 21, 2013

Kokomo unemployment rate dips in August

Manufacturing jobs coming back to Indiana.

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“Businesses invest because they know they can get the workforce they need, the community grows and more workers choose to live in Kokomo, so the available workforce expands. It is sort of the reverse of what is happening in many of the distressed places in the Midwest.”

• Indiana ranked 4th in the nation in manufacturing job growth in August,), and 10th in the nation in rate of growth over the month.). • Since the low point of employment in July 2009, Indiana has added over 60,000 manufacturing jobs, which is 2nd in the nation, at a 14.1% rate of growth, also 2nd in the nation. • The Hoosier State continues to have the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the United States. • Indiana's private sector job growth ranks 5th in the nation in percentage of growth since the low point of employment in July 2009 (8.4%), and 10th in the nation in total private sector growth since July 2009 (195,900). Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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