Indiana’s unemployment rate in September remains at 2.8%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate in September stands at 3.5%, compared to 3.7% in August.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate held at 63.4% in September, remaining above the national rate of 62.3%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,401,036 — a decrease of 707 from the previous month.

Marshall County had a September unemployment rate of 2.0%, a slight improvement from the August ranking of 2.5%.  The September ranking of the 92 counties in the state is 50th.  Looking back over the last few years the September. Unemployment rates have been 2.6% in 2021, 4.7% in 2020, 32.7% in 2019, and 2.8% in 2018.

Taking a look at the counties surrounding Marshall you will find LaPorte County 4th on the list of counties with an unemployment rate of 2.8.   Starke County continues to stay in the top 10 and in September they were 6th with a rate of 2.8%.  St. Joseph County isn’t too far behind with a rate of 2.5% and a ranking of 13th.  Fulton County is 33rd with an unemployment rate of 2.2%.  Pulaski County moved to 65th on the list of counties with an unemployment rate of 1.9%.  Wrapping up the counties surrounding Marshall you will find Kosciusko County at number 49th with a rate of 2.0%, the same as Marshall County.  Elkhart County moved from 60th in August to 46th in September with an unemployment rate of 2.0%.  Howard County continues to have the highest unemployment rate at 4.0%.  In August their rate was 6.9% and in July the rate was 5.7%.   Boone County has the lowest unemployment rate at 1.5%.

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 10,500 jobs over the last month, translating to a gain of 93,600 jobs from this time last year. Indiana once again is experiencing a peak in private employment, which now stands at 2,773,600. Industries that experienced job increases in September included:

· Leisure and Hospitality (+3,300);

· Professional and Business Services (+2,200);

· Financial Activities (+1,500); 

· Construction (+1,400); and

· Private Educational and Health Services (+1,100).

As of Oct. 19, 2022, there were 143,452 open job postings throughout the state. In September, 16,537 people in Indiana received unemployment benefits.

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