Indiana Unemployment Rate Down; Starke County and 80 Other Counties Up in May

by rgifford Mon, June 22 2015 20:53

While the State of Indiana reported a .3% drop in its unemployment rate for May, from 5.4 to 5.1, Starke County, like the vast majority of counties in the state showed a slight increase. For the county, the rate increased from 5.8 to 5.9 for the month.  Only 7 counties experienced a decline, while another 4 counties were unchanged.  The balance of 80 counties all had an increase.

For the State of Indiana, an additional 9700 private sector jobs were created, including 2000 in the manufacturing sector.

National Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in May

by rgifford Fri, June 05 2015 17:15

The U.S. Labor Department said that despite adding 280,000 jobs in May,the national unemployment rate went up from 5.4% in April to 5.5% in May. Analysts say that the rise was probably due to an increased number of people, like college graduates, entering into the labor force.  

Starke County April Unemployment Rate Takes Large Drop

by rgifford Thu, May 28 2015 20:53

The Starke County unemployment rate for April, as reported by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development fell to 5.8% from the March rate of 7.6%. That April rate is the lowest rate reported for the County since November of 2007.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops in April

by rgifford Thu, May 28 2015 16:37

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced yesterday that the April unemployment rate in Indiana dropped .4% from the March rate of 5.8%, down to 5.4%. Over the last two years, Indiana has seen its rate decrease by 2.1% while at the same time, its labor force has grown by 63,000 people. An additional 10,600 jobs were added in April.

Neighboring states reported a 5.4% rate in Michigan, 5.2% in Ohio, 5.0% in Kentucky, and 6.0% in Illinois.

Unemployment rates for Indiana's counties are expected to be released later today.

National Unermployment Rate Drops for April

by rgifford Fri, May 08 2015 16:41

The U.S. unemployment rate fell in April from 5.5% to 5.4% on the strength of 223,000 new jobs being created. The U.S. Department of Labor released its report this morning which noted a large gain in new jobs from March when only 162,000 new jobs were created.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Goes Down in March

by rgifford Wed, April 22 2015 20:47

The Starke County unemployment rate for the month of March fell by .6% to 7.6%, down from the February rate of 8.2%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Since January of this year the county rate has dropped by 2.3%. The March rate is lower than March of last year by the same .6%.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops in March

by rgifford Wed, April 22 2015 18:24

The unemployment rate for the State of Indiana fell from 5.9% in February to 5.8% in March according to a release yesterday from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).  The drop came despite a drop of 800 individuals in private sector employment. On the bright side, there was an increase of 1300 individuals hired in the manufacturing sector.

The rates for Indiana's contiguous states and the U.S. for March are as follows:

Indiana - 5.8%

U.S. - 5.5%

Illinois - 6.0%

Kentucky - 5.1%

Michigan - 5.6%

Ohio - 5.1%

INDOT Awards Bid on Starke County Project

by rgifford Mon, April 13 2015 19:49

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a bid on a Starke County project to install a bridge deck overlay on U.S. 35 over the Robbins Ditch, 0.21 miles west of U.S. 30. A total of five (5) bids had been received ranging from $1,218,410.40 to $1,390,792.58. The contract was awarded to the low bidder, being Ellas Constructon Co LLC of Munster, Indiana. None of the bids were below the engineer's estimate for the work, which was $1,011.000, but the bid was awarded anyway under a regulation that allows it to be awarded when four or more bids are received on a project.



National Unemployment Rate Unchanged for March

by rgifford Mon, April 06 2015 17:12

The U.S. Department of Labor reported last Friday that the national unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.5% for the month of March. The Department also reported that 126,000 new jobs were created during that month, far less than expectations.

U.S. 35 To Be Closed Near Downtown Knox This Week for Railroad Repairs

by rgifford Mon, April 06 2015 16:29

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of U.S. 35/State Road 8 through Knox, beginning Monday, April 6th through Monday, April 13th for railroad crossing repairs. U.S. 35/State Road 8 will be closed at the railroad crossing, between E. John Street and E. Bender Street in Knox. 



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Creating Opportunities ... Delivering On Promises

"The first thing we have to do is prove we’re credible and then deliver results. We have done that. Give us a task and we’ll get the job done." Charles Weaver, Executive Director

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

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation delivers on our promises to make your move here easier than you ever thought possible. We have:

  • 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

The Foundation has built a reputation as the LEDO that partners with you to get the job done.

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