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October Unemployment Reports

 11/19/2018 |  Views:380 |  Posted by: Ron Gifford |  Reading Time:  |  Article Tags: 
October Unemployment Reports

While the national unemployment rate was unchanged for the month of October at 3.7%, the State of Indiana also stayed the same at 3.5%.  The story was different for Indiana counties, as 91 out of 92 counties saw a dramatic increase in their unemployment rates averaging 0.06% across the board.  Starke County was no different, as the rate changed 0.05% from an adjusted 3.6% rate in September to 4.1% in October.  

As far as surrounding states, Michigan increased to 4.0%, Illinois fell to 4.1%, and Ohio and Kentucky each saw no change, with Ohio at 4.6% and Kentucky at 4.5%

Neighboring counties increased in a range of 0.03% in Pulaski County to 0.06% in Marshall and St. Joseph counties.


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Ron Gifford has worked for the Foundation as Special Projects Coordinator since 2008 after a law career of 32 years. In addition to his duties for the Foundation, Mr. Gifford serves as Director of the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) and as a Business Advisor for the Indiana Small Business Development Center, serving businesses and entrepreneurs in both Starke and Pulaski Counties.