Starke County had an October unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. The percentage fell two points in October. Starke County is ranked 15th in the state.
The unemployment rate in Starke County dropped another two-tenths of a percent in August to 6.3 percent which ranks the county 16th in the state.
Pulaski County reported the same type of drop. The county stands at 4.2 percent in terms of unemployment which ranks the county 87th in the state. Marshall County reported a rate of 5.2 percent, LaPorte County had 7.0 percent, Fulton County had 5.4 percent , St. Joseph County had 6.4 percent while Porter County had 5.9 percent.
The unemployment numbers for Starke County continue to decrease.
Ron Gifford from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation said the numbers have been quite encouraging.
“Since January of this year, we’ve seen our labor force grow by almost three hundred more people out there actively seeking a position,” said Gifford. “There’s almost five hundred more people employed than there were in January and the ranks of our unemployed have depleted down by about 180. They’re actually finding jobs and the people that had been out of the job market for some period of time apparently are coming back to it.”
The unemployment rate for Starke County stands at 6.6 percent which ranks the county 27th in the state.
Pulaski County rose .3 percent in June to 5.0, Marshall County was up .2 percent to 5.7 percent with LaPorte County up to 7.5 percent with a .1 percent increase.
The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percent to 5.7 percent which marked the ninth month in a row of unemployment rate declines in the state.
The rate has decreased by 2.1 percent over the past year and has remained below the national rate for the past four months.
Unemployment numbers went down in March, according to statistics released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Over the past year, the state’s unemployment rate declined two percent which is the third largest decrease in the nation.
Starke County’s unemployment rate fell one point to 8.2 percent from February’s rate, while the state’s rate fell .2 percent to 5.9 percent.
Starke County’s unemployment numbers rose in February to 9.1 percent which now ranks the county 8th in the state.
The state rate is 6.1 percent which is down .3 percent for February.
Eighty-seven counties rose in unemployment in February, including all of the surrounding counties. Pulaski County was up .4 percent to 6.2 percent unemployment, Marshall County rose to 7.2 percent and LaPorte County rose to 9.4 percent and is now ranked third in the state in terms of unemployment.
Starke County is still ranked 10th in the state with 8.5 percent unemployment which is an increase of 0.7 percent from December. All surrounding counties increased in unemployment. Pulaski County’s unemployment number rose to 6 percent, Marshall County up to 7.1 percent, LaPorte County up to 9 percent, Fulton County sits at 8.8 percent, St. Joseph County is at 7.3 percent and Porter County is at 7.1 percent.
Despite the numbers, the state led the nation in manufacturing jobs added in January with 4,600 and ranks second in the rate of growth for January. Indiana also is second in the nation in jobs added over the past year with 13,800 and 6th in rate of growth over the past year.
Overall, Indiana had an unemployment drop of 0.4 percent.
Indiana’s rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 7.5 percent in October compared to Starke County’s 8.1 percent. The U.S. rate is 8 percent.
Pulaski County dropped by 0.8 percentage points, ranking 79th in the state at 6.2 percent. Marshall County came in at 7.7 percent, having dropped by 0.6 percentage points, ranking 36th. LaPorte County came in at 9.1 percent, dropping 0.8 percent, ranking 10th. Fulton County dropped 0.6 percentage points for 7.9 percent and ranking 33rd. St. Joseph County also dropped 0.8 percent, ranking 11th at 9 percent, and Porter County came in at 7.6 percent, dropping 0.6 percentage points for 37th.
Starke County reported at 10.1 percent unemployment in May which places the county eighth in the state in unemployment. The rate was 10.3 percent in April.
The state percentage is 8.3.
Indiana was one of only two Midwestern states to experience a decrease in the unemployment rate for the month.
The unemployment rate is 11.6 percent for Starke County which is down 0.6 percent from February while Indiana’s rate is 8.7 percent. The state’s rate remained unchanged at 8.7 percent.
Meanwhile, Pulaski County’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent to 8.1 percent, ranking them the 76th highest county for unemployment; Marshall County dropped by 0.6 percent to 9.7 percent, ranking them 43rd; LaPorte County’s rate remained at 12 percent for a rank of eighth highest; Fulton County’s rate dropped by 0.2 percent to 10.3 percent, ranking them 33rd; St. Joseph County also dropped by 0.2 percent to 10.6 percent for 28th place; and Porter County dropped by 0.3 percent to 9 percent, making them the 57th highest county for unemployment.
Starke County’s rate rose from 10.5 percent in December to 12.5 percent in January. Starke County ranks sixth in highest unemployment in the state.
Over 7,700 new jobs were added in Indiana in October. The job gains last month resulted in a drop in Indiana’s unemployment rate. Unemployment decreased to 8.0 percent from 8.2 percent in September which is the largest one month decrease since April.
Though Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped for the first time since April, the state lost several thousand jobs last month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, September’s state jobless rate was 8.2 percent, down 0.1 percent from August. Despite that drop, however, Indiana lost 6000 private sector jobs last month, the first significant drop in almost a year.
Hoosier employers have continued to grow their workforces for the tenth month in a row, once again adding jobs in Indiana to the tune of 7200 private sector jobs. The rate of job growth in Indiana triped the national average of 0.1 percent, and since July 2009, the low point of employment, Indiana has added more than 150,000 private sector jobs.
The areas with the most significant gains for the month of August were Private Educational and Health Services with 5200 jobs added and Construction with 2200 jobs added.
The federally extended unemployment insurance benefits will be reduced by 10 weeks beginning Sunday, Sept. 2.
This is a result of federal legislation which reauthorized the extended benefits earlier this year. Those who begin the federal extension after Sunday may be eligible to receive a maximum of 63 weeks of benefits instead of 73.
Department of Worforce Development offices and WorkOne Centers will be closed on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday. Eligible unemployment vouchers will be paid starting Tuesday, Sept. 4.