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Jobless rate in county and Chesterton jumps in December

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The national unemployment rate may have unexpectedly dipped in January, but the most recent available data for Indiana, Porter County, and Chesterton—for December 2009—indicate that joblessness actually increased in the last month of the year.

According to numbers released on Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the statewide unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in December, compared to 9.3 percent in November (8.1 percent in December 2008).

In December the national unemployment rate was 10 percent. It dropped to 9.7 percent in January.

In Porter County, meanwhile, the unemployment rate in December jumped to 8.9 percent from 8.2 percent in November (7.3 percent in December 2008). Across Porter County a total of 7,253 people was looking for work in December, compared to 6,745 in November, an increase of 7.5 percent (18.9 percent since December 2008).

In Lake County the unemployment rate in December increased to 10.2 percent from 9.9 percent in November (8.6 percent in December 2008). In LaPorte County, on the other hand, the unemployment rate in December spiked by an entire point to 11.9 percent from 10.9 percent in November (9.2 percent in December 2008).

Locally

In Chesterton the unemployment rate in December similarly leaped by a full point to 8.6 percent from 7.6 percent in November (7.2 percent in December 2008). A total of 570 people was looking for work in December, compared to 503 in November, an increase of 13.3 percent (an increase of 15.9 percent from December 2008).

Separate data for the towns of Porter and Burns Harbor were not available.

In Valparaiso the unemployment rate in December rose to 8.2 percent from 7.7 percent in November (6.4 percent in December 2008). A total of 1,246 people was looking for work in December, compared to 1,176 in November, an increase of 5.9 percent (an increase of 25.6 percent since December 2008).

In Portage the unemployment rate in December jumped to 10.5 percent from 9.5 percent in November (8.9 percent in December 2008). A total of 1,884 people was looking for work in December, compared to 1,715 in November, an increase of 9.8 percent (an increase of 14.7 percent since December 2008).

Unemployment elsewhere:

•In Gary the rate fell in December to 11.3 percent, from 11.5 percent in November (9.8 percent in December 2008).

•In East Chicago the rate remained unchanged from November, at 12.5 percent (12.9 percent in December 2008).

•In Hammond the rate rose in December to 11.4 percent, from 11.0 percent in November (10.4 percent in December 2008).

•In Michigan City the rate jumped in December to 12.5 percent, from 11.7 percent in November (10.1 percent in December 2008).

•In LaPorte the rate rose in December to 12.0 percent, from 11.1 percent in November (9.6 percent in December 2008).

Alternative Measures

of Unemployment

The official national unemployment rate in January dropped to 9.7 percent from 10.0 percent in December.

But—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—if “discouraged workers, “all other marginally attached workers,” and “total unemployed part-time for economic reasons” are included in the tally, the unofficial national unemployment rate in January was 16.5 percent, down from 17.3 percent December.

“Marginally attached workers” are those “who indicate that they want a job, have looked for work in the last 12 months (or since they last worked if they worked within the last 12 months), and are available for work.”

“Discouraged workers” are a subset of marginally attached workers and are not currently looking for work for several reasons, including their belief that no job is available for them in their line of work in the area.

“Persons unemployed for economic reasons” are those “who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule.”

 

 

Posted 2/8/2010

 

 

 

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