rate remained stable in February at 3.5 percent, the same as in January (3.3
percent in February 2018), the Indiana Department of Workforce Environment (DWD)
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 more than five years.
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.
force had a net increase in February of 7,997 over the previous month. This
was a result of an increase of 1,755 unemployed residents and an increase of
6,242 employed residents.
labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking
employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.2 percent labor force
participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.2 percent, DWD
employment has grown by 40,400 over the year and 4,400 over January. The
monthly increase is primarily due to gains in trade, transportation, and
utilities (+3,300); and the professional and business services (+2,500).
partially offset by losses in construction (-2,100); and financial
employment reached a preliminary record highpoint of 2,747,600, which is
15,500 above the December 2018 peak.
Indiana, on the other hand, the jobless rate in February was a mixed bag.
In Porter County
the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in February was stable at 4.6
percent, the same as in January (4.5 percent in February 2018).
In Lake County the
unemployment rate in February was also stable at 5.8 percent, the same as in
January (5.6 percent in February 2018). In LaPorte County the unemployment
rate in February rose to 5.9 percent, from 5.6 percent in January (5.2 in
In Chesterton the
unemployment rate in February fell to 4.1 percent, from 4.4 percent in
January (4.1 percent in February 2018).
In Valparaiso the
unemployment rate in February fell marginally, to 4.1 percent from 4.2
percent in January (3.8 percent in February 2018).
In Portage the
unemployment rate in February dropped to 5.2 percent, from 5.4 percent in
January (5.2 percent in February 2018).
elsewhere in February:
--In Gary the rate
fell to 7.0 percent, from 7.2 percent in January (7.3 percent in February
--In East Chicago
the rate fell by wholly half a point, to 7.7 percent from 8.2 percent in
January (7.7 percent in February 2018).
--In Hammond the
rate rose marginally, to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in January (5.8
percent in February 2018).
--In Michigan City
the rate rose to 5.9 percent, from 5.7 percent in January (5.3 percent in
--In LaPorte the
rate rose by more than half a point, to 6.1 percent from 5.5 percent in
January (5.0 percent in February 2018).
national unemployment rate in February was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0
percent in January (4.4 percent in February 2018).
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 unemployment rate in January was
7.3 percent, down more than half a point from 8.1 percent in January (8.6
percent in February 2018).
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.”
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 area.
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.”