By KEVIN NEVERS
The state’s jobless rate in
June fell by more than a full point in June, to 11.2 percent from 12.3 in
May (3.3 percent in June 2019), the Indiana Department of Workforce
Development is reporting.
Indiana’s labor force saw a
net increase in June of 53,484 over May, the result of a decrease of 28,747
unemployed residents and an increase of 82,231 employed residents. Indiana’s
total labor force, which includes both employed Hoosiers and those seeking
employment, stood at 3.39 million in June, while the state’s 64.3-percent
labor force participation rate is above the national rate of 61.5 percent.
Private sector employment
has decreased by 182,000 over the year but in June increased by 128,900 over
May. The monthly increase is chiefly due to increases in leisure and
hospitality (+46,900); manufacturing (+19,000); and private education and
health services (+16,700).
Total private employment in
June stood at 2,552,400, which is 196,000 below the January 2019 peak.
Regionally and Locally
Jobless rates in Northwest
Indiana, on the other hand, were a mixed bag in June.
In Porter County, the
seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in June fell to 13.4 percent, from
13.6 percent in May (3.6 percent in June 2019).
In Lake County, the rate
fell to 15.8 percent, from 16.1 percent in May (4.6 percent in June 2019).
In LaPorte County, however, the rate rose by more than half a point, to 15.6
percent from 15.0 percent in May (4.1 percent in June 2019).
In Chesterton the rate
actually increased by nearly a full point, to 13.4 percent from 12.6 percent
in May (3.5 percent in June 2019).
In Valparaiso the rate
dropped to 12.5 percent, from 12.7 percent in May (3.5 percent in June
In Portage the rate fell by
more than half a point, to 16.8 percent from 17.4 percent (4.2 percent in
elsewhere in June:
-- In Gary the rate
increased by nearly two full points, to 21.9 percent from 20.0 percent in
May (7.2 percent in June 2019).
-- In East Chicago the rate
climbed by more than two full points, to 20.9 percent from 18.7 percent in
May (6.9 percent in June 2019).
-- In Hammond the rate rose
to 16.3 percent, from 16.1 percent in May (5.0 percent in June 2019).
-- In Michigan City the
rate increased by nearly a full point, to 19.8 percent from 18.9 percent in
May (4.7 percent in June 2019).
-- In LaPorte the rate rose
to 15.2 percent, from 14.2 percent (3.8 percent in June 2019).
In June the official
national unemployment rate was 11.1 percent, down from 13.0 percent in May
(3.8 percent in June 2019).
But--according to the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics--is marginal workers, discouraged workers,
and employed part-time for economic reasons are included in the tally, then
the unofficial unemployment rate in June was 18.0 percent, down from 21.2
percent in May (7.5 percent in June 2019).