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. 

Locally, Marshall County is ranked 72nd of the 92 counties with an unemployment rate of 2.6% in September 2021.  Last month Marshall County was 64th with an August rate was 3.1%.  Looking at the counties surrounding Marshall are LaPorte County who is 5th on the list of counties with a rate of 4.6%.  Starke County moved to 11th on the list with an unemployment rate of 3.9%.   St. Joseph County has a September unemployment rate of 3.8% ranking them 14th on the list of counties.  Fulton County moved to 24th with a rate of 3.5%. Kosciusko is 65th on the list of counties in September with a rate of 2.7%.  Elkhart County is near the bottom of the list of counties with an unemployment rate of 2.4% ranking them 80th.

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.