The February unemployment report looks more favorable than the January report.
The January report released earlier this month indicated an increase in unemployment where the February numbers showed a decrease in figures in all counties.
The unemployment rate in Starke County was 8.2 percent in February and dropped a position in the state standings. Starke County now ranks eighth in the state with a .7 percent drop in unemployment. Pulaski County and Marshall Counties are the lowest in the area with rates of 5.7 and 5.5 percent respectively.
LaPorte County is ranked fourth in the state with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent. The rate dropped only a half of a percent in the county.
The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent which is slightly higher than the national rate.