Unemployment takes a big drop in northeast Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Northeast Indiana continues to have some of the lowest unemployment rates in Indiana after all four counties in the extreme northeast corner experienced declines in September, says data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
DeKalb, Noble and Steuben counties experienced declines of 0.7 of a percentage point and LaGrange 0.6 of a percentage point in September compared to August, the data says.
At 2.2 percent unemployed, LaGrange County was tied for third lowest unemployment rate in the state. Adams and Dubois counties shared the lowest rate in the state at 2.1 percent.
Steuben County was tied for sixth lowest rate in the state at 2.3 percent. DeKalb County was tied for 16th lowest rate in the state at 2.5 percent and at 2.6 percent, Noble County was tied for 23rd lowest.
The rates for August, which were up over July, were DeKalb 3.2 percent, LaGrange 2.8 percent, Noble 3.3 percent and Steuben 3.0 percent.
September marked the first time this year that all four counties were below 3.0 percent unemployed.
Allen County’s September unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from 3.5 percent in August. Whitley County’s September unemployment rate was 2.5 percent, down from 3.1 percent in August.
Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.5 percent for September and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for nearly five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.
Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 4,564 over the previous month. This was a result of a 337 decrease in unemployed residents and an increase of 4,901 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.
In addition, the number of Indiana’s ongoing regular unemployment insurance claims is the lowest since 1976, when UI claims were first recorded.