Local unemployment rose despite state-wide decline

Job seekers sign in before meeting prospective employers during a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. (AP file Photo/LM Otero)
Job seekers sign in before meeting prospective employers during a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. (AP file Photo/LM Otero)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Local unemployment rates rose in January despite a state-wide decline.

Tippecanoe County’s jobless rate in January rose two-tenths of one percent to 5.6 percent. Unemployment claims were up in all counties in the News 18 viewing area, with the highest rate in Fountain County sitting at 7.8 percent.

The state-wide unemployment rate in January fell nearly a half a percentage point to 6.4 percent. That is the state’s lowest unemployment rate since September of 2008.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued the following statement regarding the unemployment report for January.

“Every Hoosier should be encouraged by today’s unemployment numbers, which show the largest one-month drop in unemployment in 20 years,” said Pence. “Indiana’s rate is now lower than the national average, and our labor force and population continue to grow.

However, Pence added that amidst this good news, too many Hoosiers are still struggling. He said that is why we need to continue pushing to improve Indiana’s economic climate, to attract more jobs, and to make sure Hoosier workers have the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

“With this legislative session’s accomplishments in cutting the corporate income tax rate, giving counties new tools for reforming the business personal property tax, and offering new opportunities for career education and retraining, we continue to work hard to ensure the future economic prosperity of our state,” Pence said.

To find out more information on topics concerning unemployment, visit the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

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