Updated: Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011, 1:57 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011, 11:51 AM EST
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Hoosiers experienced the lowest unemployment rate in two years in December.
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped from 9.8 percent in November to 9.5 percent in December.
State officials say December also brought the number of unemployed Hoosiers below 300,000 for the first time since January 2009.
The state saw the largest gains in Manufacturing jobs, private education and health services and financial activities.
Indiana had the second lowest unemployment rate compared to neighboring states:
Ohio – 9.6 percent
Kentucky – 10.3 percent
Illinois – 9.3 percent
Michigan – 11.7 percent