Indiana’s unemployment rate in April stands at 3.0%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate for April stands at 3.4%.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate increased to 63.6% for April, remaining above the national rate of 62.6%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,423,506 – an increase of 7,080 from the previous month.

Marshall County sets in the 23rd position of the 92 counties in Indiana with an unemployment rate of 2.8%.  In this report, the higher a county’s position the better, meaning a lower unemployment rate.  The March unemployment rate for Marshall County was 3.6% so we are nearly a full percent better with the April report.  Looking back over this year, in January the county was at 3.9%, and in February 3.7%.   

Looking back at the April unemployment rates over the last few years, Marshall County was at 1.6% in 2022 and 3.0% in 2021.  The COVID pandemic jumped the 2020 unemployment rate to 18.7%.  Prior to the pandemic, Marshall County had an overall unemployment rate of 2.8% in 2019 and 2.7 in 2018. 

Looking at the counties surrounding Marshall County you find Starke County is 5th on the list of counties with an unemployment rate of 3.3%, a major improvement from the March rate of 4.8%.  LaPorte County is 7th with a rate of 3.2% which is about half a percentage better than their March rate of 4.6%. St. Joseph County moved up to 14th on the list of counties with a rate of 3.0%.  In March their rate was 4.1%.  Elkhart County was 30th on the list of counties with a rate of 3.7% in March. In April they moved up to 21st with an unemployment rate of 2.8%. 

Fulton County saw a huge improvement in April with a 2.6% unemployment rate ranking them 36th.  In March they were ranked 18th with an unemployment rate of 4.0%.  Kosciusko County sets at 43rd for April with a rate of 2.5%.  Last month they were at 3.2%. Pulaski County is the best county around us with an unemployment rate of 2.3% ranking them 64th.  In March they were 43rd with a rate of 3.5%.   

Howard County has the distinction of being in first place ranking for April with an unemployment rate of 4.4% and Gibson County remains as the state’s county with the lowest unemployment rate.  They are at the bottom of the list for the third month in a row with a rate of 1.9% for April.   

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 14,200 jobs over the last month, translating to a gain of 76,500 jobs from this time last year. Indiana’s April private employment stands at 2,845,100. This is a new private employment peak for the state. Industries that experienced job increases in April included:

·       Private Educational and Health Services (+4,100);

·       Leisure and Hospitality (+3,800);

·       Professional and Business Services (+3,500);

·       Financial Activities (+1,500);

·       Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+1,300); and

·       Manufacturing (+300).

As of May 17, 2023, there were 126,185 open job postings throughout the state. In April, 14,211 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Indiana.

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