The state’s jobless
rate in September dropped to 6.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in August
(3.2 percent in September 2019), the Indiana Department of Workforce
Development is reporting.
compares favorably to the national rate in September of 7.9 percent.
force saw a net decrease of 19,691 in September, the result of a decrease of
6,289 unemployed residents and a decrease of 13,402 employed residents.
Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those
seeking employment, stands at 3.33 million, while its 63-percent labor-force
participation rate remains above the national rate of 61.4 percent.
employment has decreased by 109,700 over the year and by 4,500 over the
previous month. The monthly decrease is chiefly due to losses in private
education and health services (-4,000) and construction (-1,300). Those
losses were partially offset by gains in professional and business services
(+2,000); and leisure and hospitality (+800).
employment stands at 2,623,100, which is 126,000 below the January 2019
The statewide drop
in the unemployment rate was matched by similar or greater decreases in
In Porter County,
the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in September fell by nearly a
full point, to 6.4 percent from 7.2 percent in August (3.3 percent in
In Lake County the
rate in September also dropped by more than half a point, to 8.7 percent
from 9.5 percent in August (4.2 percent in September 2019). In LaPorte
County the rate fell by nearly a full point, to 7.7 percent from 8.5 percent
in August (3.5 percent in September 2019).
In Chesterton the
rate in September fell to 6.5 percent, from 7.4 percent in August (3.3
percent in September 2019).
In Valparaiso the
rate dropped by a full point, to 5.9 percent from 6.9 percent in August (2.7
percent in September 2019).
In Portage the rate
fell to 8.6 percent, from 9.3 percent in August (4.0 percent in September
elsewhere in September:
-- In Gary the rate
fell to 15.7 percent, from 16.2 percent in August (6.7 percent in September
-- In East Chicago
the rate dropped to 12.9 percent, from 13.2 percent in August (5.9 percent
in September 2019).
-- In Hammond the
rate dropped to 9.0 percent, from 9.9 percent in August (4.7 percent in
-- In Michigan City
the rate fell to 10.9 percent, from 12.2 percent in August (4.1 percent in
-- In LaPorte the
rate dropped to 7.4 percent, from 8.2 percent in August (3.6 percent in
In September the
national unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, down from 8.4 percent in August
(3.3 percent in September 2019).
to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics--if marginal workers, discouraged
workers, and workers employed part-time are included in the tally, then the
unofficial unemployment rate in September was 12.8 percent, down from 14.2
percent in August (6.5 percent in September 2019).