SOUTHERN INDIANA — Not even the Great Recession damaged Indiana employment as much as COVID-19 has, based on a state jobs report released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Indiana’s unemployment rate soared to 16.9 percent in April, up from 3 percent in March. The national jobless rate was 14.7 percent in April.

“In one month, Indiana lost more jobs than the entire gains since the Great Recession,” said Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business at Indiana University Southeast.

“Indiana saw jobs decline by 402,000 in the month of April. Since the Great Recession, Indiana added approximately 389,000 jobs.”

Unemployment numbers were tracking higher in Clark County and Floyd County than during previous highs of the Great Recession. According

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