March Indiana Employment Report

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March Indiana Employment Report 

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2021) – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent for March, and the national rate is 6.0 percent. 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 decrease of 5,895 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 3,644 unemployed residents and a decrease of 2,251 employed residents. 

Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.34 million, and the state’s 63.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 61.5 percent.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here:

March 2021 Employment Charts


Employment by Sector

Private sector employment has decreased by 84,600 over the year and decreased by 100 over the previous month. The monthly decrease is primarily due to losses in the Professional and Business Services (-3,700) and the Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,000) sectors. Losses were offset by gains in the Construction (3,300) and the Leisure and Hospitality (3,100) sectors. Total private employment stands at 2,626,200, which is 114,300 below the new December 2019 peak.


Midwest Unemployment Rates

March 2021 Midwest Unemployment Rates



Data are sourced from March Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

March employment data for Indiana Counties, Cities and MSAs will be available Monday, April 19, 2021, at noon (Eastern) pending U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics validation. 


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