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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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National Unemployment Rate Dips on Strong Job Numbers

by rgifford Fri, November 06 2015 17:45

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.0% in October, down slightly from the 5.1% recorded in September.  The dip was due in part to a healthy increase in the number of new jobs created during the month, as that figure reached 271,000.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2007

by rgifford Wed, October 21 2015 22:13

The Starke County unemployment rate as reported by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development has fallen to its lowest point since September of 2007. The 5.0% rate announced for September is down 0.4% from August in a month when all 92 Indiana Counties recorded lower rates than in August. For Starke County, this rate continues a downward spiral since January this year of a full 4%, from 9.0% in January to 5.0% in September.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Improve

by rgifford Tue, October 20 2015 19:14

Indiana saw a 0.1 percent decrease in its unemployment rate for the month of September, dipping to 4.5%, the lowest rate since July of 2007. An additional 500 jobs were created in the manufacturing sector for the month, and private sector unemployment increased by a total of 6,600 jobs. Indiana is now below the national unemployment rate by 0.6%.

Indiana also continues to lead all of the states that are contiguous, with Ohio at 4.6%, Kentucky and Michigan at 5.0%, and Illinois at 5.4%.

National Unemployment Rate Unchanged for September

by rgifford Mon, October 05 2015 17:00

The U.S. unemployment rate for September remained at 5.1% despite less than expected new jobs created during the month.  Only 142,000 jobs were created last month, far less than the 220,000 expected, and in addition, the  number of new jobs announced for August were decreased from what was originally announced.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%

by rgifford Mon, September 21 2015 23:50

The unemployment rate in Starke County dipped to its lowest rate since November of 2007 in August. The 5.5% recorded in August tied that November of 2007 rate. That was a .3% decrease from the rate recorded in July of this year, and a drop from 9,0% reported in January of this year.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

by rgifford Fri, September 18 2015 19:05

The Indiana unemployment rate dipped to 4.6% in August, down from July's reported rate of 4.7%. Manufacturing jobs added last month amounted to a small increase of 300 new jobs. Indiana continues to have the lowest unemployment rate among its contiguous Midwest states, with Illinois at 5.6%, Kentucky at 5.2%, Michigan at 5.1%, and Ohio at 4.7%.

National Unemployment Rate Drops in August

by rgifford Tue, September 08 2015 16:23

The unemployment rate in the United States feel to 5.1% in August on the strength of adding 173,00 jobs nationally. While analysts expected job gains nearer to 220,000 for the month, the rate for the month still fell from the 5.3% registered in July.

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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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