Hoosiers are heading back to work, according to the latest unemployment report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. It reflects a drop in unemployment claims in all 92 Indiana counties in September. Locally the jobless rate is 3.9 percent, with 381 Starke County residents unemployed and looking for jobs. Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 4.0 percent for September, and the national rate is 4.8 percent.
The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.
Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 1,439 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 2,595 unemployed residents and an increase of 1,156 employed residents.
Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.34 million, and the state’s 63.0 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 61.6 percent.