INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - State unemployment rates came out Tuesday and Indiana is leadingthe pack, but not in a good way. The labor department said Indianaand South Carolina racked up the largest monthly increases.
The state's unemployment rate rose from 7.1 to 8.2 percent lastmonth.
Layoffs at Cummins and other cuts in construction and retailare being blamed. At the Department of Workforce Development,they're hoping that as one job door closes, another will open forHoosiers.
"Well, the first thing that any Hoosier who should become newlyunemployed should do is they should go online. Whether that be athome, or the public library, or church, or one of our Work Onecenters -- watch the online tutorial and then sit there online andapply for unemployment benefits right there online," suggested MarcLotter of the Department of Workforce Development.
The economy is even affecting pawn shops, a business often seenas recession-proof.
"This year it's kind of slowed down but I'm hoping that taxrefunds will help us out. It usually does every year," said TomStout of Pawn Mart.
People are still pawning family treasures like expensivewatches, but Stout said more of them are coming in from moreaffluent areas such as Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville. As moreitems come in, it's a buyer's market for guys like LarryMerriman.
"I had a heart attack, so it's kind of hard for me to shovel, soI went shopping for a snow blower and found one pretty cheap at thepawn shop," said Merriman.
Despite the conditions, Stout remains mostly optimistic.
"Hopefully it'll get better. Pawn shops have been around forthousands of years and we'll still be here," said Stout.
As the year draws to a close, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he's still waiting for something he asked for back in March.
The Indianapolis Zoo hosted its annual "Christmas at the Zoo" fundraiser Wednesday, but the festivities became a secondary celebration for one special family.
Black ice likely caused an accident Wednesday morning in Boone County.