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Indiana jobless rate rises in September; here it mostly falls

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The state’s jobless rose in September to 3.8 percent, from 3.5 percent in August, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is reporting.

The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicator which reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force increased by 6,105 over August, the result of 9,688 more people seeking employment and a 3,583 decrease in employment. The state’s total labor force stands at nearly 3.34 million, while the state’s 64.5-percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.1 percent, DWD said.

Notable private-sector gains in September were in trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,300); and in leisure and hospitality (+1,800).

Total private employment stands at 2,693,700, which is 16,800 above the November 2016 peak.

Regionally, Locally

Here in Northwest Indiana unemployment rates fell in September, after spiking in the late spring and summer.

In Porter County the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in September fell by more than half a point, to 4.0 percent from 4.6 percent in August (4.7 percent in September 2016).

In Lake County the unemployment rate in September dropped to 5.3 percent, from 5.6 percent in August (5.8 percent in September 2016). In LaPorte County the unemployment rate in September slipped to 4.3 percent, from 4.9 percent in August (5.2 percent in September 2016).

In Chesterton the unemployment rate in September dropped by more than half a point, to 3.8 percent from 4.4 percent in August (4.9 percent in September 2016).

In Valparaiso the unemployment rate in September fell by half a point, to 3.9 percent from 4.4 percent in August (4.3 percent in September 2016).

In Portage the unemployment rate in September fell by nearly half a point, to 4.9 percent from 5.3 percent in August (5.5 percent in September 2016).

Unemployment rates elsewhere in September:

* In Gary the rate dropped to 8.3 percent, from 8.5 percent in August (9.3 percent in September 2016).

* In East Chicago the rate fell to 7.3 percent, from 7.5 percent in August (8.4 percent in September 2016).

* In Hammond the rate slipped to 5.9 percent, from 6.1 percent in August (6.2 percent in September 2016).

* In Michigan City the rate increased by nearly half a point, to 4.9 percent from 4.1 percent in August (4.8 percent in September 2016).

* In LaPorte the rate dropped to 4.1 percent, from 4.5 percent in August (4.8 percent in September 2016).

Alternative Measures

The official national unemployment rate in September was 4.2 percent, down from 4.7 percent in August (5.1 percent in September 2016).

However--according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics--if “discouraged workers,” all other “marginally attached workers,” and “total part-time for economic reasons” are included in the tally, then the unofficial unemployment rate in September was 8.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent in August (9.3 percent in September 2016).

“Marginally attached workers” are those “who indicate that they want a job, have looked for work in the last 12 months (or since the last time they looked for work if they worked in the last 12 months), and are available for work.”

“Discouraged workers” are not currently looking for work for several reasons, including their belief that no job is available to them in their line or in their area.

Persons employed part-time for economic reasons are those “who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule.”

 

 

Posted 10/24/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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