Unemployment Numbers Looking Good for the Area Compared to Last Year
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS — Unemployment statistics are looking better for Northeast Indiana, especially considering where things were a year ago during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unemployment in the region is making a return to prepandemic, full-employment levels with LaGrange County at 2.3% unemployment in April. It was just a year ago when LaGrange County had one of the worst unemployment rates, coming at 32.7%.
Along with LaGrange County, DeKalb and Steuben counties have both seen much growth in the labor force and number of people employed.
DeKalb County dropped to 3.0% unemployment in April 2021, down from 3.6% in March. In April 2020, the rate stood at 21.1% yet in March 2020 it was 3.2%.
Steuben County saw an unemployment rate of 2.9% in April 2021, down from 3.7% in March. In April 2020, Steuben's unemployment rate was one of the lower rates in area at 20.2% compared with prepandemic March that stood at 2.8%.
Noble County's unemployment dropped to 3.4% in April, down from 4.1% in March. In April 2020, unemployment was one of the worst in the area at 28.9% and the month prior it stood at 3.5%.
All of this data comes in a month prior to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announcing that Indiana was going to eliminate the $300 a week supplemental federal unemployment payments starting in June.
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