Unemployment rates continue to rise in Starke and Pulaski counties. Starke County saw an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in January, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. That’s an increase of a full percentage point from the month before and three-tenths of a percent from January of 2018.
Pulaski County saw a similar increase. Its January unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, compared to three percent the month before and 3.7 percent in January of last year.
Both counties had more people in their labor force compared to January of 2018, and the number of people working actually increased over that same time frame. The state as a whole saw a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.1 percent last month, while the national rate was 4.4 percent.