Indiana’s unemployment dropped in September to its lowest level in nearly two decades. At 3.2%, the last time the Hoosier state reached this unemployment rate was December 2000.

According to Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development, the Hoosier state gained 1,700 construction jobs last month, resulting in 21,500 new construction employment opportunities so far this year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found Indiana’s labor force stands at 64.5%, which is higher than the national rate of 63.2%.

Compared to its neighboring states, Indiana is the only state with an unemployment rate under 4%, and we are under the national average of 3.5%. Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Montana tied with the Hoosier state for the 18th lowest jobless rate in the country.

Our state is also investing in workforce initiatives on behalf of employees and employers. Job providers in Indiana can take advantage of the Next Level Jobs initiative to connect with qualified workers. If you are a job seeker looking to add more skills to your tool box, you can also use this resource to help springboard into jobs in high-demand fields. For more information, visit nextleveljobs.org.

Indiana’s welcoming business climate continues to attract job providers. With our balanced budgets and AAA credit rating, our economy is strong and benefiting hardworking Hoosiers.