Goodnight agreed with Hicks that there might have been a sudden increase in the labor force in the Kokomo area.
Indiana added 8,200 private-sector jobs in January, marking the 19th consecutive month of job growth. Since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, Indiana continues to outpace the national average for private sector growth (7.9 percent vs. 4.9 percent).
While Indiana experienced significant job gains in January, the 1,000 household survey used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the unemployment rate rose 0.3 percent to 8.6 percent, due to the labor force increasing by nearly 14,000 individuals, more than 10,000 of which returned to look for work over the month. January’s increase signifies the largest one-month expansion of our labor force since November 1993.
“It’s quite encouraging Indiana seems to be continuing the trend of private-sector job growth into 2013,” Sanders said. “However, it is very confusing when [the Bureau of Labor Statistics] has survey data from 5,000 businesses showing continued increases in employment, while the household survey continues to show employment below what businesses are reporting.”