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Allen County's unemployment rate for December 2017 was 2.8 percent, that's in the middle for our region.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 9:35 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 8:59 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has released the regional unemployment rate.

Allen County's unemployment rate for December 2017 was 2.8 percent.

The county with the highest unemployment is Blackford with 3.5 percent.

LaGrange has the lowest, with only 2 percent unemployed.

But, this means it's harder for companies to grow across northeast Indiana.

"It's exciting, but it does bring some concern," said Gary Allen, owner of Windsor Homes. "It's obviously good for the economy. It means we are doing something right."

Allen is having a hard time finding the employees he needs.

"Some of them went out of business and went into a factory type situation and haven't come back to the trades industry," Allen said.

However, the trades aren't the only industries still looking for workers.

Northeast Indiana Works says healthcare and manufacturing are also struggling to fill positions.

"It puts a lot of pressure on the region to attract and retain talent. That would include college graduates who might be thinking about going elsewhere," said Northeast Indiana Works spokesman Rick Farrant.

Farrant said he encourages companies looking to fill hundreds of positions to start looking at different types of people.

"They start looking at underutilized talent pools. Folks such as those who are disabled, those who are coming out of incarceration," said Farrant.

That's something Lowe's might consider.

The home improvement chain announced Wednesday that it is looking for 1700 workers across Indiana this spring.

"I think jobs like that will probably be filled by young high school or college graduates. I think that's good news for the youth in our society," Allen said.

Four Fort Wayne area stores plan to host hiring events on March 8 from 4-8 p.m., March 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and March 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 578494

Reported Deaths: 9202
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion798821282
Lake43601664
Allen31380537
Hamilton27675303
St. Joseph26409369
Elkhart23873336
Vanderburgh18192211
Tippecanoe16999116
Porter14183158
Johnson14120277
Hendricks13560236
Madison10312209
Vigo10297171
Clark9952128
Monroe8933105
Delaware8638129
LaPorte8589153
Kosciusko777375
Howard7712136
Warrick624990
Hancock621995
Bartholomew616094
Floyd5971105
Wayne5811155
Grant5716108
Dubois533570
Boone523167
Morgan501485
Marshall487084
Henry483262
Cass464959
Noble453956
Dearborn443343
Jackson410145
Shelby394376
Lawrence374172
Clinton359838
Gibson348556
DeKalb333063
Montgomery329150
Knox323339
Harrison317242
Miami305043
Steuben300740
Adams291635
Ripley287145
Wabash286345
Whitley286324
Huntington278757
Putnam278046
Jasper274933
White262038
Daviess255671
Jefferson242738
Fayette239248
Decatur237382
Greene229259
Posey225626
Wells225146
LaGrange222061
Scott212837
Clay212432
Randolph204940
Jennings188635
Sullivan185831
Spencer176917
Fountain175125
Washington170216
Starke169241
Jay160521
Fulton156829
Owen155536
Carroll150115
Orange146333
Rush145618
Vermillion141633
Perry141327
Franklin139333
Parke12718
Tipton126232
Pike111325
Blackford105122
Pulaski93636
Newton87820
Brown84428
Benton83010
Crawford7229
Martin68013
Warren6427
Switzerland6035
Union6033
Ohio4547
Unassigned0372

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 807293

Reported Deaths: 9990
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin95508704
Cuyahoga80262964
Hamilton59783436
Montgomery40858396
Summit32488697
Lucas29495575
Butler29100225
Stark24048388
Warren18471135
Lorain17563207
Mahoning16430334
Lake14941134
Clermont14703103
Delaware1349574
Licking12353132
Trumbull12096297
Fairfield1184280
Greene11338132
Medina10815164
Clark10334261
Wood9742153
Allen9355126
Miami867373
Portage8628104
Richland8604111
Marion7231112
Tuscarawas6987172
Columbiana6922124
Pickaway689050
Wayne6599162
Muskingum648939
Erie5729117
Hancock529088
Ross518287
Scioto508753
Geauga469955
Darke450589
Ashtabula431467
Union422327
Mercer419485
Lawrence417051
Sandusky413262
Auglaize407059
Shelby404621
Seneca404354
Huron399738
Jefferson391565
Belmont378140
Putnam359370
Washington357039
Athens35469
Madison331128
Knox329022
Ashland322538
Fulton319043
Defiance311476
Crawford306769
Preble306434
Brown289617
Logan284828
Ottawa275534
Clinton272741
Williams265757
Highland255618
Jackson250743
Guernsey234625
Champaign233727
Fayette218929
Morrow21754
Holmes215562
Perry215317
Henry206147
Hardin200932
Coshocton194517
Van Wert193744
Wyandot186948
Gallia186226
Adams160815
Pike160116
Hocking157423
Carroll143216
Paulding137521
Noble116138
Meigs99021
Monroe93827
Harrison8428
Morgan75826
Vinton64013
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