The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Indiana’s jobless rate rose to 8.6 percent in January, up from 8.3 percent in December.
Officials say that the reason the number went up is because more people who had given up looking for a job decided to try again.
The unemployment numbers measure those who are actively seeking work. The federal report shows Indiana added 8,200 jobs in January while the size of the workforce grew by 14,000.
Indiana officials are disputing federal numbers that they used a new and inaccurate formula to calculate the number of jobless residents.