Indiana’s unemployment rate in August stands at 3.4%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate for August stands at 3.8%.
In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate moved to 63.5% for August, remaining above the national rate of 62.8%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,429,353 – a decrease of 714 from the previous month.
Marshall County is ranked 27th in the state with an unemployment rate of 3.8. In July Marshall County had a rate of 4.3 ranking us 19th of the 92 counties.
Looking at the counties surrounding Marshall you will find Saint Joseph County at number 5 in the state with a rate of 4.6. In July they were 7th with a rate of 4.8. Elkhart, LaPorte, and Starke Counties are 8th, 9th, and 10th all with an August rate of 4.4. Last month Elkhart was 4th on the list of counties with a rate of 5.2, and LaPorte was 11th with a rate of 4.5 while Starke County was 9th with a rate of 4.6.
Kosciusko County is tied with Marshall County with a rate of 3.8 and ranked 25th. Last month they were 29th with an unemployment rate of 4.0. Fulton County’s unemployment rate is 3.5 ranking them 41st. In July their rate was 3.7 and they are ranked 45th. Pulaski County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region. Their August rate is 3.0 and they are ranked 79th. Last month they were 71st with a rate of 3.3.
The August unemployment rankings by county show Lake County at the top of the list with an unemployment rate of 5.9. In July they were also at the top of the list with an unemployment rate of 5.8. Daviess County moved to the bottom of the list with a rate of 2.6.
“The number of Hoosiers in the labor force remains near an all-time high, and the need for skilled workers has never been greater,” said DWD Commissioner Richard Paulk. “Individuals looking for their next job are encouraged to visit a WorkOne office or utilize the online resources available through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to re-enter the workforce and fill one of the many open positions across the state. For many of Indiana’s most in-demand jobs, there are resources available to obtain the necessary skills Indiana employers require. Qualifying workers may be eligible for free training to help them increase their earnings.”
Private sector employment in Indiana decreased by 4,400 jobs over the last month, resulting in a gain of 45,800 jobs from this time last year. Indiana’s August private employment stands at 2,843,100.
Industries that experienced job increases in August included construction, which had 1,300 jobs added over the month, and manufacturing, which increased by 400 jobs.
As of Sept. 18, 2023, there were 104,794 open job postings throughout the state. In August, 15,247 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Indiana.
Individuals looking for work, training, or career information are encouraged to visit in.gov/dwd/job-seekers.