Unemployment rates are up in Starke and Pulaski counties, but so is the actual number of people working. Starke County’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in February, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
That’s an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the month before and four-tenths of a percent from February of 2018. Starke County now has the seventh-highest unemployment rate in the state. Pulaski County saw a similar increase, with a February unemployment rate of four percent, up from 3.7 percent the month before and 3.6 percent during the same period last year.
But both counties have seen increases in their labor forces, and the number of people employed has actually gone up, as well. Indiana and the U.S. as a whole both saw a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in February.