Fulton and surrounding counties have significant drops in unemployment in April report

Indiana’s unemployment rate in April stands at 3.0%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.


By comparison, the national unemployment rate for April stands at 3.4%.


In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate increased to 63.6% for April, remaining above the national rate of 62.6%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,423,506 - an increase of 7,080 from the previous month.


Fulton County saw a huge improvement in April with a 2.6% unemployment rate, down 1.4% from the March report at 4.0%.  Kosciusko County was down o.7% to 2,5% in April.


Marshall County sets in the 23rd position of the 92 counties in Indiana with an unemployment rate of 2.8%.  The March unemployment rate for Marshall County was 3.6%.


Pulaski County is the best county in the area with an unemployment rate of 2.3%. That's down 1.2% from the previous month. 


Starke County is down a point-and-a-half with an unemployment rate of 3.3%, a major improvement from the March rate of 4.8%.  


Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 14,200 jobs over the last month, translating to a gain of 76,500 jobs from this time last year. Indiana's April private employment stands at 2,845,100. This is a new private employment peak for the state. Industries that experienced job increases in April included:


·       Private Educational and Health Services (+4,100);

·       Leisure and Hospitality (+3,800);

·       Professional and Business Services (+3,500);

·       Financial Activities (+1,500);

·       Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+1,300); and

·       Manufacturing (+300).


As of May 17, 2023, there were 126,185 open job postings throughout the state. In April, 14,211 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Indiana.