State Unemployment Rate Up in December

by rgifford Wed, January 28 2015 19:11

The Indiana unemployment rate for December went up .1% from that reported in November, despite adding 4,000 additional jobs during the month, including 1,600 manufacturing jobs. State officials pointed to the large number of people who returned to the labor force during the month as the main reason for the increase in rate.

National Unemployment Rate Drops in December

by rgifford Fri, January 09 2015 17:34

The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that an additional 252,000 jobs were added in December resulting in an unemployment rate of 5.6%. Both the number of new jobs and the rate decrease size exceeded expectations.

Starke County and 88 Other Counties in Indiana See Increase in Unemployment Rates for November

by rgifford Mon, December 22 2014 23:16

Eighty-nine of Indiana's 92 counties (including Starke) saw their unemployment rate go up in November, but the State rate as a whole remained unchanged at 5.7%.  The national rate for the month was also unchanged at 5.8%.  Meanwhile, Starke County saw an increase from 6.1% in October to 6.9% in November, due in part to an increase in its labor force of 47 people, and a decrease in its employment of 38 persons.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly for October

by rgifford Mon, November 24 2014 20:38

Starke County was one of 77 Indiana Counties that saw an increase in their unemployment rates from September to October, going from 5.9% up to 6.1%. Only 5 counties in the state went down, and another 10 counties saw no change in their rates. Depsite the increase, the Starke County rate has fallen from 8.4% in January of this year to its present level.

An additional 50 people were employed in October versus September, but the rate in Starke County went up on the strength of an additional 70 people in the labor force for the month.

State Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 5.7% for October

by rgifford Fri, November 21 2014 23:27

The Hoosier State grew 5,500 private sector jobs in October, led mainly by the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+3,300), and Manufacturing (+2,500) sectors. Indiana has added private sector jobs 16 of the past 22 months, with monthly increases averaging 3,800. Over the past year, Indiana has consistently led the nation in Manufacturing growth, with more than 24,000 jobs in this sector added since last October. Since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, Indiana has grown 247,500 private sector jobs in total.


In October, Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent due to an increase of 14,000 individuals to the state’s labor force. Over the past year, the Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 65,000, which ranks as one of the largest increases in the U.S. Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased by 1.4 percent over the past year. Initial and continued claims for unemployment insurance benefits continue to remain at levels not seen since 2000.

The above comes from the official press release of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

CR 300 E Road Reconstruction Project Update

by rgifford Thu, November 06 2014 17:20

Phend & Brown, the contractor on the CR 300 E Project through the Knox Industrial Park has issued an update detailing upcoming work and how that will affect traffic in that area in the near future.  That update follows:

The following schedule of activities is provided to highlight major activities. Changing weather conditions and/or internal schedule changes may alter the dates below. Traffic control signage and detour markings will be provided in advance of and during any closure.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Asphalt Paving of Base and Intermediate Layers along East side of Kloeckner from South of Pacific North to Railroad spur.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Removal of Kloeckner Detour. / Activation of Culver Rd Closure

This represents a shift to Phase III of the project construction.

Kloeckner will be fully open to traffic (both directions) from Pacific Ave North to SR 8.

Kloeckner will be open to local traffic from Pacific Ave South to just North of Culver Rd.

Culver Rd at Kloeckner will be closed to traffic in all directions.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Asphalt Paving of Base and Intermediate Layers of the Culver / Kloeckner Intersection and the remaining East side section of Kloeckner between Culver and Pacific.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Removal of Culver Rd Closure

Culver Rd, Kloeckner Dr, Pacific Ave, Hamilton Dr will be fully open to traffic.

Remaining construction activities (drive approaches, grading behind the curb, etc.) will occur under traffic utilizing lane restrictions and / or temporary closures.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Andrew R Schouten

Project Manager, Phend & Brown, Inc.

574-527-7540 Cell

Kathryn Norem and Carla Musial Named Finalists in Influential Women of Northwest Indiana 2014

by rgifford Wed, October 29 2014 21:47

Two members of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, Kathryn Norem and Carla Musial, have just been named finalists in two different categories of the 2014 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana.  Both were nominated by the Foundation for their work in Starke County. Carla Musial was named one of five finalists in the category of Finance, while Kathryn Norem was named as one of three finalists in the  Up and Coming woman in the area of Government.  

With over 30 years of experience in Community Banking, Carla Musial has served in the positions of Vice President and Knox Branch Manager at the DeMotte State Bank. She currently serves as Treasurer of both the Foundation and its affiliated organization, Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL).

Kathy Norem  previously served as CEO of Starke Memorial Hospital and also developed and implemented the Ancilla College School of Nursing. She is also the Past Director of the Starke County Community Foundation. She is currently serving her second term as a Stake County Commissioner where she served more than one year as President.

Winners in all 11 categories will be announced at an awards banquet to be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT



Indiana Maintains 8th Place Position for Best Tax Climate in United States

by rgifford Wed, October 29 2014 20:41

The Tax Foundation has issued its 2015 rankings on the tax climate in each state. For the second year in a row, Indiana finished in 8th place among all states, and best in the Midwest.  Contiguous states included Illinois at 31, Michigan at 13, Ohio at 44, and Kentucky at 26.

The Foundation looks at five areas of taxation. Below are those categories and how Indiana fared in this most recent report:

Corporate tax structure (22nd)

Individual income tax structure (10th)

Sales tax structure (10th)

Property tax structure (5th)

Unemployment insurance tax structure (7th)



Starke County Unemployment Rate Reaches Lowest Point Since November of 2007

by rgifford Thu, October 23 2014 00:12

The Starke County unemployment rate for September as reported by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is 5.9%, down from the rate for August of 6.3%. This is the lowest rate for the county since it recorded a rate of 5.5% back in November of 2007. In addition, the current rate of 5.9% matches that reported for September as the national rate. Since January of this year, the county rate has fallen from 8.4%.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline

by rgifford Tue, October 21 2014 18:42

The unemployment rate for the State of Indiana dropped to 5.7% for the month of September, down from 5.8% in August. 6,000 new manufacturing jobs were created last month. This marks the 9th consecutive month that the Indiana rate is less than the national rate.

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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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