INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana boasts a 3.2 percent unemployment rate, below the current national average of 3.8 percent as of August, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
All current unemployment rates were compared against the benchmark set at the same time the previous year.
Compared to a year ago, Indiana saw a 0.4 percent drop in unemployment last month.
Kosciusko County continues to have one of the lower unemployment rates in the region with a 2.7 percent rate as of August.
That’s a 0.2 percent decrease from a year ago.
Surrounding counties reported the following jobless rates:
- Elkhart County, 3 percent.
- Fulton County, 2.9 percent. A 0.6 percent decrease from a year ago.
- LaGrange County, 2.7 percent.
- Marshall County, 3 percent.
- Noble County, 3 percent.
- Wabash County, 3.1 percent. A 0.7 percent drop from a year ago.
- Whitley County, 2.8 percent.
A few select cities in Northern Indiana:
- Elkhart, 3.8 percent, a 0.3 percent increase.
- Fort Wayne, 3.1 percent, a 0.5 percent decrease.
- Goshen, 2.8 percent.
- South Bend, 4.1 percent, a 0.5 percent decrease.
Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data for cities and counties are not seasonally adjusted due to sample size. For example, over the course of a year, the size of the labor force, employment levels, unemployment levels and other measures of labor market undergo fluctuations due to seasonal events including weather, harvests, major holidays and school schedules.
Therefore, for more accurate comparisons, data should be compared to the same month from prior years, not the previous month, as to better account for non-economic factors, the news release said.