10/26/10 Indiana’s preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent to 10.1 percent in September 2010, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The U.S. unemployment rate for the month was unchanged at 9.6 percent. Total private sector employment declined in September (-7,500). The state has added 43,100 private sector jobs in 2010, an increase of 1.9 percent.  In contrast, U.S. private sector job growth for the year stands at 0.8 percent.

“Any drop in the unemployment rate is welcome news,” said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “On a year-to-date basis, Indiana continues to be a leader in private sector job growth.”

Trade, Transportation and Utilities (800) and Construction (400) were two sectors showing employment gains in September. Sectors showing significant declines include: Professional and Business Services (-2,500), Manufacturing (-2,100), Other Services (-1,900) and Private Education and Health Services (-1,800). Government employment decreased (-2,100) resulting in Total Non-Farm Employment dropping for the month (-9,600).

Locally Marshall County is ranked 35th of 92 counties in the state with a rate of 9.8.  Counties near us include Kosciusko sitting 65th with a rate of 8.8, Fulton 50th with a rate of 9.3, LaPorte 13th with a rate of 10.9, Saint Joseph 12th with a rate of 11.0, Starke County 9th with a rate of 11.3 and Elkhart number 1 with a rate of 13.0.

Indiana and its neighbors, except Michigan, report statistically even unemployment rates.

  September 2009 August 2010 September 2010 Monthly Change
Indiana 10.1% 10.2% 10.1% -0.1%
U.S. 9.8% 9.6% 9.6% n/c
Illinois 10.8% 10.1% 9.9% -0.2%
Kentucky 10.8% 10.0% 10.1% 0.1%
Ohio 10.7% 10.1% 10.0% -0.1%
Michigan 14.4% 13.1% 13.0% -0.1%