County Unemployment Rate Rises in January

by rgifford Thu, March 15 2012 17:15

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) this week released unemployment figures for the month of January, 2012 for each Indiana county as well as the State of Indiana.  The State of Indiana showed a decrease in its rate from December of 2011 to January of 2012 of 0.2% down to 8.7%.  The national rate for the month was reported at 8.3%, also a decrease of 0.2%.

County-by-county for January showed that 86 of the 92 counties reflected an increase in their individual rates, including Starke County which saw an increase of 1.2%, from a revised 10.5% rate for December, up to 11.7% for January.  Indiana reports its own rate using seasonably adjusted figures, while they report individual counties using non-seasonably adjusted rates.  That results in a lower state rate than would otherwise be reported if the same methods of reporting were used.

Indiana continues to enjoy the second lowest rate among all adjoining states, with Ohio being the lowest at 7.7%.  Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs in January, which was the largest monthly increase in over a year.

INDOT Takes Bids on Starke County Bridge Project

by rgifford Thu, March 15 2012 17:04

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has opened bids on a bridge rehabilitation project in Starke County.  The bridge is one over the Yellow River approximately 0.99 mile south of State Road 8 on US 35.  The apparent low bidder was Ellas Construction Company of Gary, Indiana.  They bid a total of $803,101.46 against an engineer's estimate of $825,000.  INDOT will review the bids before making any final award.

A total of 6 bids were received for this project, with a range of $803,101.46 up to $926,415.39.  The second low bid in the amount of $815,582.56 was made by Pioneer Associates of Albion, Indiana.

OCRA Awards Community Focus Grant to City of Knox

by rgifford Tue, February 21 2012 18:22

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has announced the award of funds to 17 communities totaling more than $8 million, including a grant to the City of Knox in the amount of $464,620 for an addition to the Knox Phoenix House Advocacy Center Building.  The Phoenix House provides transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.

The City applied for the grant on behalf of the Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, Inc., with the funds to be used to add meeting/advocacy rooms for clients, increased office space and storage space for donated items for current or future victims of domestic abuse.

INDOT to Take Bids on US 35 Bridge Replacement South of SR 8

by rgifford Mon, February 20 2012 18:49

The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled a bid letting on March 7, 2012 for a Starke County Project.  That Project is for a bridge replacement on US 35 over the Yellow River approximately .99 miles south of SR 8.  The Project has a completion date of October 13, 2012.

Ports of Indiana Record Large Increase in Shipments

by rgifford Mon, February 20 2012 18:40

The Ports of Indiana handled 8.1 million tons of cargo in 2011, the largest annual tonnage since 2006.  New ethanol and dried distillers grains shipments, combined with gains in limestone, salt, and steel cargoes fueled a 5 percent increase in total shipments moving through Indiana's three ports.

The Ports of Indiana - Burns Harbor moved 2 million tons of cargo in 2011, an increase of 10 percent over 2010, which included shipping increases in limestone (23%), steel (18%), fertilizer (61%), coal (44%), and salt (18%).  The Ports of Indiana - Burns Harbor is located approximately 45 miles from Starke County.

National Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since February of 2009

by rgifford Fri, January 06 2012 19:43

The Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning issed its unemployment and jobs report for the month of December.  The number of jobs created during the month was 200,000, which marked the 6th straight month that more than 100,000 jobs have been added.  In addition, the unemployment rate fell from a revised 8.7% in November to 8.5%, which is the lowest rate since February of 2009.

County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly; State Rate Holds Steady

by rgifford Thu, December 22 2011 17:10

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) earlier this week released its unemployment report for the month of November.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had earlier released its own report showing that the national unemployment rate had dipped to 8.6% after being at 9.0% in October.  For November, the State of Indiana rate stayed at 9.0%, while the Starke County rate increased slightly from 10.3% up to 10.5%.  In a mixed bag of reporting, about half of all Indiana counties saw some increase in their rate from October, and about the same number saw a decrease.  On the national level, 42 states reported a decrease, 3 went up, and 4 stayed the same.

Congressman Donnelly to Host Access to Capital Event

by rgifford Wed, December 21 2011 23:12

Congressman Joe Donnelly has announced an event to be held on Friday, January 12, 2012 entitled "Access to Capital: Leveling the Playing Field".  The event will be held from 8:30 am to 10:30 am EST in the 3rd Floor Boardroom at Innovation Park, located at 1400 East Angela Boulevard in South Bend.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am, with a panel discusssion and question and answer session set to begin at 9:00 am.

While free, space is limited, so to register for the event, send an email to Jorge Ortiz at Jorge.Ortiz@mail.house.gov by Friday, January 6, 2012.  That email should include your complete name, company name, address and telephone number.  The event is being held to help understand about applying for loans in a tight credit market.

Unemployment Rate for U.S. Falls for Second Month in a Row

by rgifford Fri, December 02 2011 17:55

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its jobs report for the month of November, finding that the unemployment rate for the country has fallen for the second month in a row, and has reached its lowest point since March of 2009.  The rate for November is 8.6%, down from 9.0% registered in October.  An additional 120,000 jobs were added in the month, up from October's total of 80,000.

Starke County Unemployment Rate on the Rise in October

by rgifford Wed, November 23 2011 16:40

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has released its unemployment report for the month of October.  A total of 71 of Indiana's 92 counties saw an increase in their rate from the September report, including Starke County.  The rate for Starke County increased from 10.1% to 10.3%, putting the rate back to where it was in August of this year.  The rate for the State of Indiana also increased to 9.0%, which matches the national unemployment rate for the month of October.

Indiana continues to have the lowest rate in the Midwest region, tying Ohio, while being considerably lower than Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky.

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Starke County location and logistics create opportunities:

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  • In the NAFTA Super Highway corridor
  • One day’s drive within one-third of the population of the United States
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