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April 2011 Indiana Employment Report

May 22, 2011

05/24/11  Indiana’s preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent, to 8.2 percent in April. Indiana’s rate is below the national average of 9 percent and below that of all neighboring states for the third month in a row. Private sector employment decreased by 2,700 in April.

“Indiana is 0.8 percent below the national rate for the first time since June 2003,” said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “The state’s rate has steadily decreased over the past year.”

The unemployment rate in Marshall County continues to drop.  The preliminary rate for April is 9.0 a decrease of a whole percent from March. The county is 29th out of 92.   Since the first of the year the unemployment rate has dropped each month.  In January it was 11.2, February showed a rate of 10.6 and March was 10.0.

Looking at counties surrounding Marshall County, their April unemployment rates show Elkhart with a rate of 10.1 and raking of 5th, Starke County ranked 7th with a rate of 10.1, LaPorte is 16th with a rate of 9.5, Saint Joseph is 22nd with a rate of 9.3 followed by Marshall County 29th with a rate of 9.0.  Other surrounding counties are Fulton who is ranked 41st with a rate of 8.5 and Kosciusko 69th with a rate of 7.3.

Daviess County is at the bottom of the list with a rate of 4.9 while Fayette County tops the list with a rate of 11.7.

Sectors showing significant employment gains in April include: Private Education and Health Services (1,700) and Leisure and Hospitality (1,000). The Professional and Business Services
(-2,900) and Manufacturing (-1,700) sectors showed significant decline. Total non-farm employment decreased (-2,500) in April.

Indiana 10.5% 8.5% 8.2% -0.3%
U.S. 9.8% 8.8% 9.0% +0.2%
Illinois 10.8% 8.8% 8.7% -0.1%
Kentucky 10.6% 10.2% 10.0% -0.2%
Michigan 13.1% 10.3% 10.2% -0.1%
Ohio 10.4% 8.9% 8.6% -0.3%

March 2011 private sector employment was revised upward (900) from the preliminary estimate. The May Employment Report will be released on Friday, June 17, 2011.

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