Starke County currently holds the fourth highest unemployment rate in the state, even though its rate went down a full percentage point from March to April.
The county’s 9.8 percent unemployment rate was only surpassed by Fayette, Vermillion, and Lawrence counties. Rounding out the top five are Blackford and Sullivan that tied for the position with a 9.7 percent rate.
Pulaski County, with a 6.2 percent unemployment rate, was the lowest area county. Porter was next at 7.3 percent, followed by Fulton at 7.8 percent, Marshall at 8.1 percent, St. Joseph at 8.9 percent, and La Porte at 9.6 percent.
Each of the 92 counties in the state were down in April. The rate last year in Starke County was 10.8 percent.
Indiana dipped below 8 percent at 7.9 percent, and the U.S. Rate was 8.1 percent.