Unemployment

IN unemployment rate increases in January

Mar 18, 2013

Indiana added 8,200 private sector jobs in January. The state Department of Workforce Development reports that’s the 19th consecutive month of job growth.

Still, the unemployment rate rose 0.3% to 8.6% for January. Officials say it’s due to more Hoosiers entering the labor force, and a large number of those returning to look for work.

Locally, the jobless rate increased 1.6% in Lafayette, which now has a rate of 9.8%. Unemployment in West Lafayette climbed from 5.6% to 6.3% during January.

IN unemployment rate increases in December

Jan 18, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose two tenths from November to December to 8.2%. The state reports an additional 15,000 Hoosiers were looking for work last month, bringing the total number of those seeking a job to 267,000.

In comparison, the unemployment rate was 8.9% in December, 2011. Among neighboring states, Ohio and Kentucky have better rates, while Illinois and Michigan are slightly worse.

November unemployment steady for IN, up for region

Dec 21, 2012

Unemployment in Indiana held steady from October to November at 8%, despite a loss of 9,800 jobs last month.

Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say the decline in the number of positions is due mostly to seasonal construction jobs. They say initial jobless claims are at a level not seen since 2005, and the state is doing better than a year ago, when unemployment was 9.1%.

Unemployment rate improves for state and region

Oct 19, 2012

Unemployment dropped slightly from August to September in Indiana. The rate fell one tenth of a percent to 8.2% for the month.

Unemployment is down half a percent or more in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The greatest drop from August to September was in Benton County, which saw a decline from 9.1% to 7.1% in the jobless rate.

Fountain County has the highest unemployment in the area, with 7.9% of the labor force looking for work. The county with the best jobs picture is Warren, with 6.1% unemployment. Tippecanoe’s is 6.4%.

July unemployment up for IN, mixed locally

Aug 17, 2012

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose slightly during July. The latest figures show the percentage of Hoosiers looking for work went from eight in June to 8.2 last month.

In Tippecanoe County, unemployment dropped from 8% to 7.7%. Lafayette’s jobless rate rose 0.1% to 8.4%. West Lafayette’s figure stands at 5.8%, which is down slightly from June.

Despite the increase for Lafayette, unemployment in the city is 1% better than it was a year ago.

Local, state unemployment rates drop

May 18, 2012

Tippecanoe County’s unemployment rate for April is almost one-percent better than the previous month.

It dropped from 7.2-percent in March to 6.4 last month.

The city of Lafayette improved to 7.3-percent in April.

West Lafayette’s rate fell six-tenths to 4.2.

That falls in line with what’s happening throughout the state.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in three years at 7.9-percent.

Indiana Adds 13K Private Sector Jobs in January

Mar 13, 2012

Indiana’s Governor points to a recent jobs report as reason for optimism.

Mitch Daniels says figures released from January show the state is making progress in recovering from the recession.

Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs that month, which is the most since January of 2011.

The state’s unemployment rate hit a six month low at 8.6-percent.

The rate in Tippecanoe County’s is 7.4-percent.  The City of Lafayette is at 7.6 and West Lafayette is at five-percent.

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