The state’s jobless
rate in September fell to 3.2 percent, from 3.3 percent in August (3.5
percent in September 2018), the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
That figure remains
lower than the national rate of 3.5 percent. The last time Indiana’s
unemployment rate was lower than 3.2 percent was December 2000.
Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 2,722 from August. This was the
result of a decrease of 2,934 unemployed residents and an increase of 212
employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which include both employed
Hoosiers and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the
state’s 64.5 labor-force participation rate remains above the national rate
of 63.2 percent.
employment has grown by 21,500 over the year but in September decreased by
3,400 from August. This decrease is primarily due to losses in leisure and
hospitality (-2,000); and manufacturing (-1,000). Losses were partially
offset by gains in construction (+1,700); and financial activities (+400).
Total private unemployment stands at 2,737,700, which is 5,600 above the
December 2018 peak.
Northwest Indiana, jobless rates were generally down in September.
In Porter County,
the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in September slid to 3.3
percent, from 3.5 percent in August (3.4 percent in September 2018).
In Lake County the
unemployment rate in September was 4.3 percent, down from 4.3 percent in
August (4.5 percent in September 2018). In LaPorte County the unemployment
rate in September dropped by nearly half a point, to 3.6 percent from 4.0
percent in August (3.8 percent in September 2018).
In Chesterton the
unemployment rate in September was stable at 3.7 percent, the same as in
August (3.0 percent in September 2018).
In Valparaiso, the
unemployment rate in September dropped by fully half a point, to 2.7 percent
from 3.2 percent in August (3.3 percent in September 2018).
In Portage the
unemployment rate in September fell to 4.1 percent, from 4.2 percent in
August (3.9 percent in September 2018).
elsewhere in September:
--In Gary the rate
fell by more than half a point, to 6.6 percent from 7.2 percent in August
(7.3 percent in September 2018).
--In East Chicago
the rate dropped to 5.9 percent, from 6.1 percent in August (6.1 percent in
--In Hammond the
rate slid to 4.7 percent, from 4.9 percent in August (4.4 percent in
--In Michigan City
the rate fell by almost half a point, to 4.2 percent from 4.6 percent in
August (4.0 percent in September 2018).
--In LaPorte the
rate dropped to 3.7 percent, from 3.8 percent in August (4.1 percent in
unemployment rate in September was stable at 3.5 percent, down from 3.7
percent in August (3.6 percent in September 2018).
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 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent in August (7.1 percent in
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 worked if they worked in
the last 12 months), and are available for work.”
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.
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.