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Indiana's unemployment rate drops to 7.9 percent

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana's unemployment rate is at its lowest point since late 2008 by falling to 7.9 percent for April.

Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show that Indiana added 15,400 private-sector jobs last month.

That helped the jobless rate to fall from March's 8.2 percent. Indiana's unemployment figure has been improving since its recent peak of 9.3 percent last August.

While about 246,000 Indiana residents were looking for work last month, state officials say Indiana has added 36,500 jobs so far this year.

The state jobless rate is slightly below the national mark of 8.1 percent.

The last time Indiana's rate was below 8 percent was in November 2008, but the state started that year with a 4.7 percent unemployment mark.