Today, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced Indiana’s February 2018 unemployment figures, representing a slight decrease from January’s rate. The new rate is 3.2 percent and represents a decrease of 0.1 percent from the previous month. Indiana’s unemployment rate is 0.5 percent lower than this time last year, and is 0.9 percent lower than the national rate, which was unchanged in February.
Surrounding states–Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio observed decreases in their unemployment rates, while Michigan saw an increase in its rate. Illinois saw a decrease of 0.1 percent in February, bringing their unemployment rate to 4.7. Kentucky observed 0.2 percent decrease from January 2018, bringing their overall unemployment rate to 4.1 percent overall. Ohio’s rate of 4.5 percent, which represents a .2 percent decline from January. Michigan, the only neighboring state that did not see a decline in their monthly number, saw a slight increase and now stands at 4.8 percent for February.
IN County with the highest unemployment rate: Vermillion at 6.6%
IN County with the lowest rate: LaGrange at 2.5%