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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 Unchanged for April https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-Unchanged-for-April The Indiana unemployment rate for the month of April remained unchanged at 3.6%, matching the reported national rate.  While there were an additional 1349 people in the labor force, job losses from March totaled 3600. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-Unchanged-for-April Rosy Jobs Report Equals Unemployment Rate Decline for April on National Level https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Rosy-Jobs-Report-Equals-Unemployment-Rate-Decline- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that the national unemployment rate fell from 3.8% in March to 3.6% in April.  An additional 263,000 jobs were created during the month, far surpassing the expected increase of 190,000 that had been forecast by analysts.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Rosy-Jobs-Report-Equals-Unemployment-Rate-Decline- County Unemployment Rate Drops in March While State Rate Goes Up https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/County-Unemployment-Rate-Drops-in-March-While-Stat The unemployment rate for Starke County decreased by 0.4% for the month of March, dropping from the 5.8% recorded in February to 5.4% in March.  The labor force increased by 53 for the month, with total employed climbing by 95, and the number unemployed fell by 42.  The Indiana rate increased from 3.4% to 3.6% in March, but still stands lower than the national rate of 3.8%, as well as Ohio at 4.4%, Kentucky at 4.0%, Michigan at 4.0%, and Illinois at 4.4%.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/County-Unemployment-Rate-Drops-in-March-While-Stat Town of Hamlet Receives Grant Funding from Community Crossings Initiative https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Town-of-Hamlet-Receives-Grant-Funding-from-Communi The Town of Hamlet located in northern Starke County was one of 189 Indiana cities, towns, and counties that were awarded funding for local roads during the January call for projects.  The Town will receive $257,969.62 in grant funding.  A total of 229 communities applied for funding in this most recent round, and the successful applicants will receive a total of $115M.  The next round will be held in July of this year.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Town-of-Hamlet-Receives-Grant-Funding-from-Communi County Unemployment Rate Moves up in February https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/County-Unemployment-Rate-Moves-up-in-February For the second straight month the unemployment rate in Starke County has risen, going from 5.5% in January to 5.8% in February, according to figures issued this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.  A continued rise in the number of persons in the labor force appears to be the dominant trait causing this rate to go up, as in both months, the number in the labor force has been higher than the previous month, while the number of persons employed also rose.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/County-Unemployment-Rate-Moves-up-in-February No Change in Indiana Unemployment Rate for February https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/No-Change-in-Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-for-Februar The February unemployment rate for Indiana is unchanged at 3.5%, the same as the January report, and lower than the national rate for the month of 3.8%.  An additional 7,997 jobs were added in the month.  Indiana continues to be lower than each of the four contiguous states, with Michigan at 4.0%, Kentucky at 4.1%, Illinois at 4.3%, and Ohio at 4.6%.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/No-Change-in-Indiana-Unemployment-Rate-for-Februar City of Knox Receives Housing Rehabilitation Grant https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/City-of-Knox-Receives-Housing-Rehabilitation-Grant The City of Knox was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant to help rehabilitate properties in the City in the total amount of $195,000. This grant will supplement earlier efforts of the City to tear down homes that were beyond help by making grants available to homeowners to fix up houses that are worth saving with no need for such homeowners to spend any of their own funds to accomplish that.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/City-of-Knox-Receives-Housing-Rehabilitation-Grant INDOT Takes Bids on US 35 Resurfacing Project https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/INDOT-Takes-Bids-on-US-35-Resurfacing-Project The Indiana Department of Transportation took bids on March 6 for an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. 35 from one mile north of SR 8 to 0.4 miles north of U.S. 30.  Four bids were received for said project as follows: https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/INDOT-Takes-Bids-on-US-35-Resurfacing-Project January Unemployment Reports Issued https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/January-Unemployment-Reports-Issued The U.S. Labor Department earlier this month issued its monthly report on hiring and employment for February, with the weakest numbers since September of 2017.  According to the report, about 20,000 jobs were added last month, far below a gain of 175,000 jobs that economists had predicted. This number was also far below the January jobs gains of 311,000, and might be related to the governmental shutdown or might be a rebound from so many jobs the previous month, according to some experts.  The national unemployment rate is at 4.0% for the month. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/January-Unemployment-Reports-Issued Knox Elementary School Awarded 'Learn More Indiana' Grant https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Knox-Elementary-School-Awarded-Learn-More-Indiana- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has announced the winners of the 2018 Learn More Indiana Educator Grant, which supports K-12 schools with college and career readiness initiatives for students.  Learn More Indiana publishes magazines which provide content to help students get ready for college.  This year's recipients had the highest percentage of submitted student entries and includes 10 schools from all over Indiana, including Knox Elementary School, who will receive $1,0... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Knox-Elementary-School-Awarded-Learn-More-Indiana-