Three days after
the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reported that the
state’s jobless rate in May fell to 12.3 percent, down from 16.9 percent in
April (3.3 percent in May 2019), the DWD reported after deadline on Monday
that local and regional unemployment rates also dropped in May--but not
In May, Chesterton
and Valparaiso shared the lowest unemployment rate in the region: 12.7. Gary
and Michigan City had the highest rates: 20.0 percent and 19.2 percent
In Porter County
the seasonally unadjusted rate dropped to 13.6 percent, from 17.9 percent in
April (2.3 percent in May 2019).
In Lake County the
rate fell to 16.2 percent, down from 20.4 percent in April (4.1 percent in
May 2019). In LaPorte County the rate fell by nearly six full points, to
15.3 percent from 21.0 percent in April (3.7 percent in May 2019).
In Chesterton the
rate dropped to 12.7 percent, from 17.3 percent in April (3.2 percent in May
In Valparaiso the
rate also fell to 12.7 percent, from 17.2 percent in April (3.2 percent in
In Portage the rate
fell to 17.5, from 21.4 percent in April (3.7 percent in May 2019).
elsewhere in May:
-- In Gary the rate
dropped by better than three full points but only to 20.0 percent, from 23.1
percent in April (6.3 percent in May 2019).
-- In East Chicago
the story was the same, a three-point drop but only to 18.8 percent, from
21.8 percent in April (5.6 percent in May 2019).
-- In Hammond the
rate dropped to 16.1 percent, from 18.9 percent in April (4.6 percent in May
-- In Michigan City
the rate dropped by more than four full points, but only to 19.2 percent,
from 24.9 percent in April (4.2 percent in May 2019).
-- In LaPorte the
rate fell to 14.5 percent, from 20.0 percent in April (3.4 percent in May
Measures of Unemployment
In May the official
national unemployment rate was 13.3 percent down from 14.7 percent in April
(3.4 percent in May 2019).
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics--if marginal workers, discouraged
workers, and employed part-time for economic reasons are included in the
tally, then the unofficial unemployment rate in May was 21.2 percent, down
from 22.8 percent in April (6.7 percent in May 2019).