Indiana’s unemployment rate in December stands at 3.1%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate for December stands at 3.5%.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate held at 63.2% for December, remaining above the national rate of 62.3%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,398,408 – an increase of 3,369 from the previous month.

Marshall County’s December unemployment rate for 2022 was 2.6 ranking us 23rd of the 92 counties.  In November the unemployment rate was 2.9 and the county was ranked 28th. Looking back over the last few years at the November rates you will find Marshall County with a rate of 0.9% in 2021.  In 2020 the rate was 3.4% while in 2019 the rate was 2.9%.  In 2018 Marshall County had an unemployment rate of 3.2%.

Taking a look at the counties surrounding Marshall you will find Starke County at number 3 on the list of counties with an unemployment rate of 3.7 and LaPorte County is 6th with an unemployment rate of 3.3%.   St. Joseph County isn’t much farther down the list at 13th with an unemployment rate of 2.9%.  Fulton County has the same unemployment rate as Marshall County at 2.6% but they are ranked 20th in the state.

Elkhart County continues to move up the list of counties to 27th with an unemployment rate of 2.5% and Kosciusko County sits at 40th with a rate of 2.4%.  Pulaski County has the best rate of 2.2% in the neighboring counties and is ranked 53rd.   

Lake County has the highest unemployment rate at 4.4% and Daviess County has the lowest unemployment rate at 1.5%.

Private sector employment in Indiana decreased by 4,600 jobs over the last month, translating to a gain of 54,200 jobs from this time last year. Indiana’s December private employment stands at 2,784,500. Industries that experienced job increases in December included:

·       Trade, Transportation and Health Services (+900);

·       Manufacturing (+600);

·       Construction (+300); and

·       Financial Activities (+100).

As of Jan. 17, 2023, there were 128,198 open job postings throughout the state. In December, 21,773 people in Indiana received unemployment benefits.

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