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County and local jobless rates drop in May but still high

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Three days after the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reported that the state’s jobless rate in May fell to 12.3 percent, down from 16.9 percent in April (3.3 percent in May 2019), the DWD reported after deadline on Monday that local and regional unemployment rates also dropped in May--but not equally.

In May, Chesterton and Valparaiso shared the lowest unemployment rate in the region: 12.7. Gary and Michigan City had the highest rates: 20.0 percent and 19.2 percent respectively.

In Porter County the seasonally unadjusted rate dropped to 13.6 percent, from 17.9 percent in April (2.3 percent in May 2019).

In Lake County the rate fell to 16.2 percent, down from 20.4 percent in April (4.1 percent in May 2019). In LaPorte County the rate fell by nearly six full points, to 15.3 percent from 21.0 percent in April (3.7 percent in May 2019).

In Chesterton the rate dropped to 12.7 percent, from 17.3 percent in April (3.2 percent in May 2019).

In Valparaiso the rate also fell to 12.7 percent, from 17.2 percent in April (3.2 percent in May 2019).

In Portage the rate fell to 17.5, from 21.4 percent in April (3.7 percent in May 2019).

Unemployment rates elsewhere in May:

-- In Gary the rate dropped by better than three full points but only to 20.0 percent, from 23.1 percent in April (6.3 percent in May 2019).

-- In East Chicago the story was the same, a three-point drop but only to 18.8 percent, from 21.8 percent in April (5.6 percent in May 2019).

-- In Hammond the rate dropped to 16.1 percent, from 18.9 percent in April (4.6 percent in May 2019).

-- In Michigan City the rate dropped by more than four full points, but only to 19.2 percent, from 24.9 percent in April (4.2 percent in May 2019).

-- In LaPorte the rate fell to 14.5 percent, from 20.0 percent in April (3.4 percent in May 2019).

Alternative Measures of Unemployment

In May the official national unemployment rate was 13.3 percent down from 14.7 percent in April (3.4 percent in May 2019).

But--according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics--if marginal workers, discouraged workers, and employed part-time for economic reasons are included in the tally, then the unofficial unemployment rate in May was 21.2 percent, down from 22.8 percent in April (6.7 percent in May 2019).

 

Posted 6/23/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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