Indiana Adds 55,000 Jobs in 2014

Date: February 02, 2015

Indiana Adds 55,000 Jobs in 2014

Indiana nearly led surrounding states in job creation last year, welcoming 55,000 new jobs in 2014, just 5,000 fewer than neighboring Ohio.

Texas led the country, creating 417,000 jobs, according to a Stateline analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released in December. The Hoosier State was just one of more than a dozen states that added at least 50,000 jobs last year. North Dakota, fueled by an oil and gas boom, ranked first in job growth percentage, adding 22,000 new jobs, a 4.8 percent improvement in employment. 

The final 2014 data, which could be revised, is expected to be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this month.Overall, the national increase in employment—almost every state added jobs—was reflected in NFIB’s most recent Small Business Optimism Index, released in January and based on December data. Up 2.3 percentage points to 100.4, the index is finally approaching pre-Great Recession levels, says Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist.
“The Index showed strength in November but most of the gains were confined to just two categories,” Dunkelberg says. “The December Index shows much broader strength led by a significant increase in the number of owners who expect higher sales. This could be a breakout for small business. There’s no question that small business owners are feeling better about the economy. If they continue to feel that way 2015 could be a very good year.”
Did you expand your small business in 2014? Do you expect 2015 to be a better or worse year for your firm? Tell us why in the comments section below. 

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