April unemployment rates were lower in Starke and Pulaski counties than the previous month, but higher compared to the same period a year ago. According to data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Starke County had an unemployment rate of six percent in April, while Pulaski County’s was 5.1 percent.
While these rates are both up from last year, the April report also shows that more people appear to be looking for work, and the number of people employed has actually increased in each county. This mirrors trends seen around the State of Indiana, which experienced an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in April.
Locally, LaPorte County had the highest April unemployment rate, at 6.5 percent. Marshall County was below the state average, with 4.2-percent unemployment in April.