Starke County Unemployment Rate Jumps in December

by rgifford Thu, January 28 2016 00:16

Starke County was one of 60 Indiana counties that experienced a fairly hefty jump in unemployment rate for the month of December, going from 5.6% in November to 6.4% in December.  Only 15 counties went down in December while another 17 counties saw no change in their rate.

Starke County saw its labor force numbers drop by 31, its employed number fall by 114 and its unemployed number go up by 83 persons from November to December. All of the counties that are contiguous to Starke also saw an increase in their rates from November to December.

Despite the December number, Starke County still saw its rate drop from 9.0% in January to its current rate of 6.4%.

No Changes in Starke County Schools Accountability Grades for 2015

by rgifford Tue, January 26 2016 20:45

No Starke County school or Culver schools showed any increase in the accountability grades they were given this year from that given in 2014.  Under legislation passed this session by the Indiana General Assembly, no school could receive a lesser grade from last year's grade due to the changes in testing that took place this past year.

Receiving a grade of A for the second year in a row were North Judson-San Pierre Elementary, Knox Elementary, Knox High School. Culver Eelementary, and Culver Middle School.

A grade of B was earned by Oregon-Davis Elementary and Culver High School.

A grade of C was assigned to Oregon-Davis Jr-Sr High School, North Judson-San Pierre Middle School, North Judson-San Pierre High School, and Knox Middle School.



Indiana Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.4% for December

by rgifford Tue, January 26 2016 20:40

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released its state report this morning showing no change in its rate at 4.4% for the month of December. A total of 10,000 new jobs were created in the monh.

Contiguous states did not fare as well, as three of the four showed modest increases, while Michigan also registered no change, remaining at 5.1%, and the national rate was also unchanged at 5.0%. Illinois and Ohio both went up .2% from November to 5.9% and 4.7% respectively. Kentucky rose by .3% to 5.3%.

National Unemployment Rate Holds at 5.0% for Third Consecutive Month

by rgifford Fri, January 08 2016 17:05

The U.S. unemployment rate remains at 5% for the third consecutive month, despite a good growth in jobs for December with 292,000 jobs created. This puts the jobless rate very close to what economists consider full employment.

Starke County Unemployment Rises Along With Most of State

by rgifford Mon, December 21 2015 22:30

Starke County was one of 89 counties in Indiana that saw their unemployment rate rise during the month of November, with 3 Indiana counties being unchanged, and no county showed a decrease in rate from October, The Starke County rate grew from 5.0% in October to 5.6% in November.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Unchanged for November

by rgifford Mon, December 21 2015 17:30

The unemployment rate in Indiana remained at 4.4% for November, unchanged from October, despite a gain of 7000 jobs during the month. This is the lowest rate in Indiana since August of 2001.

Rates in states contiguous to Indiana for November were Ohio at 4.5%, Michigan at 5.1%, Kentucky at 4.9%, and Illinois at 5.7%.

National Unemployment Rate Holds Steady for November

by rgifford Fri, December 04 2015 18:37

The national unemployment rate continues to be 5.0% for the second month in a row.  211,000 jobs were created in November, which matched estimates for job growth and leads to speculation that this strong jobs report will probably lead to an increase in the interest rate set by the government when that body meets later this month.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Holds Steady While Most Counties Decline

by rgifford Mon, November 23 2015 21:07

In one of those months when most counties in the State of Indiana saw their unemployment rates go up, Starke County was one of only five counties that showed no change in rates from September to October, holding at 5.0%.  Only two other counties actually experienced a drop in rates, while the balance of 85 counties all saw some increase in rates.

Despite an overwhelming number of counties going up, the State of Indiana reported a 0.1% decrease in rates , from 4.5% down to 4.4%

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

by rgifford Fri, November 20 2015 23:35

The unemployment rate in Indiana reached its lowest point in 14 years during the month of October, dropping an additional 0.1% from September down to 4.4%. An additional 5400 manufacturing jobs were added in October.

Indiana continues at the lowest rate among its contiguous states, with those states reporting as follows:

Indiana          4.4%

Ohio              4.4%

Kentucky       4.9%

Michigan        5.0%

Illinois            5.4%

Indiana Named as Third Most Business-Friendly State

by rgifford Tue, November 10 2015 19:03

Pollina Corporate Real Estate has just released its state rankings for business-friendliness.  Indiana improved upon last year's ranking of seventh to finish third in this year's study.  The rankings are based on 32 factors including taxes, education, infrastructure spending and regulatory environment. Indiana finished higher than any of its contiguous states which found Michigan at #10, Ohio at #20, Kentucky at #28, and Illinois at #47. Pollina is a national corporate site selection firm.

Last month, Forbes ranked Indiana's business climate 8th in its latest survey and 6th by Chief Executive magazine in May.Last summer, the Pacific Research Institute ranked Indiana the best state in the nation for small business growth. 



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Starke County location and logistics create opportunities:

  • A 90-minute drive to downtown Chicago
  • In the heart of Indiana, the "Crossroads of America"
  • Midway between the east coast and the Rocky Mountains
  • In the NAFTA Super Highway corridor
  • One day’s drive within one-third of the population of the United States
  • Excellent service from class-one and short line railroads

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  • Built and leased back spec buildings
  • Constructed lead track and rail spurs
  • Installed water tower, water mains, and sewer infrastructure
  • Upgraded highway interchanges
  • Continue to assemble land for development

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