Indiana Jobless Rate Hits 16.9%; State Plans Big Budget Cuts

May 23, 2020

Courtney Crabtree screens a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-through Community Viral Screening center, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. Indiana’s governor has ordered all public and private schools across the state remain closed to students until at least May 1 among steps aimed at slowing the coronavirus spread.
Credit AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's unemployment rate hit 16.9% in April due to widespread business closures during the coronavirus outbreak. State officials warned Friday of steep spending cuts in reaction to plummeting tax revenues. Officials are however pointing to some hopeful signs of economic recovery as restrictions on business and gatherings ease. Indiana's workforce agency commissioner says the state is processing fewer ongoing unemployment benefits claims and many factories are resuming operations at full strength. Indiana's state government agencies have been told to cut spending by 15% for the coming year.