Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc. https://www.scedf.biz 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. en-us Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/IndianaUnemploymentRateContinuestoDrop The 3.3% unemployment rate reported for Indiana for the month of August keeps the state at the lowest rate in comparison to the four contiguous states of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky.  The rate dropped from the reported rate for July by 0.1% even though there was a drop in the labor force of just over 2000 people. The other states reported 4.1% in Ohio, 4.0% in Illinois. 4.2% in Michigan, and 4.4% in Kentucky.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/IndianaUnemploymentRateContinuestoDrop No Change in National Unemployment Rate for August https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/NoChangeinNationalUnemploymentRateforAugust The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued their August unemployment report, finding no change in the national unemployment rate for August at 3.7%, the same as July.  Only 130,000 new jobs were created in the month, less than had been anticipated, with a substantial part of these new jobs being temporary Census jobs.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/NoChangeinNationalUnemploymentRateforAugust Constellation of Starke Schedules Community Outreach Event https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Constellation-of-Starke-Schedules-Community-Outrea Constellation of Starke is a finalist in the Regional Stellar Communities Designation Program.  That region consists of Hamlet, Knox, North Judson and the unincorporated areas of Starke county, including Bass Lake, San Pierre, and Koontz Lake.  During an upcoming Community Outreach Event scheduled for August 21, 2019 to be held at the Dembowski Community Center in Knox, citizens can learn more about the Stellar Communities process and this region's proposed projects, ask questions, and provide valuable feedback. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Constellation-of-Starke-Schedules-Community-Outrea U.S. Labor Force Grows in July Leaving National Unemployment Rate at 3.7% for July https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/US-Labor-Force-Grows-in-July-Leaving-National-Unem The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its July unemployment report today finding that the national unemployment rate remains unchanged at 3.7%.  Another 164,000 jobs were added during the month, including a higher than expected 16,000 manufacturing jobs, which was the most additions in that segment since January of 2019.  The size of the labor force also grew by 370,000 persons during the month.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/US-Labor-Force-Grows-in-July-Leaving-National-Unem County Unemployment Rate for June Increases Along With All 92 Indiana Counties https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/County-Unemployment-Rate-for-June-Increases-Along- The unemployment rate in Starke County for the month of June increased from 3.5% up to 3.8% according to figures released yesterday.  The primary reason for the increase was the jump in the number of people in the labor force, with that figure increasing by 158 people, which also factored into an increase in the number of people unemployed by 36.  The number of people employed also increased by 122.  While the State of Indiana reported a decrease in the state unemployment rate fo... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/County-Unemployment-Rate-for-June-Increases-Along- Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops in June Report https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-Drops-in-June-Report Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent for June, down from 3.6% in May, and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 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 decreased by 10,126 people during the month and employment was up by 6,800 over the previous month.  Indiana continues the have the lowest rate of unemployment compared to its contiguous state neighbors, with Ohio at 4.0%, Kentucky at 4.1%, Michigan at 4.2%, and Illinois at 4.3%. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-Drops-in-June-Report Starke County School Districts Honored by Indiana Commission for Higher Education and INvestEd https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-School-Districts-Honored-by-Indiana- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and INvestEd recently honored Indiana school districts who met one or both goals set by the Commission to encourage education beyond high school.  The two goals are that 70% of senior students file their FAFSA application on or before April 15 and that 70% of graduating seniors who are part of the 21st Century Scholars Program have completed the Scholar Success Program, which is a requirement for all persons in that program.  FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a requirement for any student seeking federal or state aid to attend schools beyond high school. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-School-Districts-Honored-by-Indiana- Starke County Unemployment Falls Again in May https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Unemployment-Falls-Again-in-May The unemployment rate for May in Starke County fell to 3.5%, down from 3.7% in April, lower than both the state and national rates of 3.6%.  The labor force in the county grew 76 persons for the month, with employment improving by 97 persons. For 2019, the rate has fallen from 5.5% in January down to the current rate of 3.5% with total unemployment down for the year by 211.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Unemployment-Falls-Again-in-May Bridge Project Set to Begin Monday on SR 10 in North Judson https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Bridge-Project-Set-to-Begin-Monday-on-SR-10-in-Nor The project is on the bridge over Bogus Run, just west of State Road 39. At first, the work zone will feature one lane in each direction with a reduced speed limit (45 mph) and narrow lanes. Then, starting in early July, one lane of traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Bridge-Project-Set-to-Begin-Monday-on-SR-10-in-Nor Indiana Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.6% for May https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-Remains-at-36-for-May The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today issued its report for all states unemployment rate for May.  Indiana checked in at 3.6% which is the third month in a row for that rate.  There was a drop in the labor force for the month of 10,677 persons, but an increase of 900 jobs in the manufacturing sector.  Indiana continues to lead its neighboring states as Kentucky is at 4.0%, Ohio is 4.1%, Michigan is 4.2%, and Illinois is at 4.4%.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-Remains-at-36-for-May