Ron Gifford from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation said that all 92 counties went up by an average of 1.1% per county, but the state as a whole only went up 0.1%. Starke County reported an unemployment rate of 9.0 percent and was ranked seventh in the state. Pulaski County had an employment rate of 6.3 percent and ranked 52nd in the state. Marshall County reported 6.2 percent.
Starke County rose 1.7 percent while Pulaski County rose 1.1 percent and Marshall .9 percent.
LaPorte County rose 1.3 percent and fell into the fifth spot in unemployment in January with a 6.3 percent unemployment rate.
The state has a whole had a 6.0 percent unemployment rate.
Over the past two years, Indiana’s private sector has grown by 98,600 jobs. Indiana now stands at just 21,100 private sector jobs below the all-time peak of employment in the state, which occurred in March of 2000.