The state’s jobless
rate in June fell to 3.0 percent--down from 3.2 percent in May--and remains
well below the national rate of 4.4 percent, the Indiana Department of
Workforce Development (DWD) is reporting.
rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards statistic which reflects the number
of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor
force dropped by 2,427 from the previous month, with a 4,088 increase in
employment and a 6,515 decrease in unemployment, DWD said.
“We are pleased to
see Indiana’s unemployment rate go lower this past month and stay at its
lowest levels since the mid-1990s,” DWD Commissioner Steven Braun said. “We
at the Department of Workforce Development remain focused on assisting
Hoosiers who are unemployed or underemployed. I encourage them to visit
their local WorkOne Career Centers and utilize the free resources and job
assistance programs available to them.”
unemployment rate is a direct correlation to the state’s constricting labor
market,” DWD said. “DWD’s long-term challenge is developing the workforce to
meet the projected employer demand of filling more than 1 million jobs over
the next 10 years.”
private-sector gains in June were in professional and business services
(+3,500); and private educational and health services (+3,000).
Those gains were
partially offset by losses in transportation, trade, and utilities (-1,700);
and construction (-900).
Here in Northwest
Indiana, unemployment rates in June edged up, after plummeting this spring.
In Porter County
the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in June rose to 3.4 percent,
from 3.2 percent in May (5.3 percent in June 2016). Throughout Porter
County, 2,978 people were looking for work in June, up 9.7 percent over May
(down 35 percent since June 2016).
In Lake County the
unemployment rate in June increased to 4.2 percent, from 4.0 percent in May
(6.3 percent in June 2016). In LaPorte County the unemployment rate in June
rose to 3.8 percent, from 3.5 percent in May (5.8 percent in June 2016).
In Chesterton the
unemployment rate in June increased to 3.3 percent, from 3.0 percent in May
(5.4 percent in June 2016). A total of 226 people was looking for work in
June, up 13 percent over May (down 39.4 percent since June 2016).
In Valparaiso the
unemployment rate in June rose to 3.4 percent, from 3.2 percent in May (4.9
percent in June 2016). A total of 562 people was looking for work in June,
up 9.1 percent over May (down 30.4 percent since June 2016).
In Portage the
unemployment rate in June increased to 3.9 percent, from 3.6 percent in May
(6.3 percent in June 2016). A total of 705 people was looking for work in
June, up 8.5 percent over May (down 38.9 percent since June 2016).
elsewhere in June:
* In Gary the rate
rose up nearly half a point, to 6.3 percent from 5.9 percent in May (8.9
percent in June 2016).
* In East Chicago
the rate increased to 6.0 percent, from 5.7 percent in May (9.2 percent in
* In Hammond the
rate rose to 4.5 percent, from 4.3 percent in May (6.5 percent in June
* Michigan City the
rate increased by nearly half a point, to 4.5 percent from 4.1 percent in
May (6.7 percent in June 2016).
national unemployment rate in June was 4.4 percent, up from 4.3 percent in
May (5.1 percent in June 2016).
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 national unemployment rate in
June was 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent in May (9.9 percent in June 2016).
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 worked if they
worked in the last 12 months), and are available for work.”
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
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.”