Unemployment falls across northeast Indiana

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: 1084488

Reported Deaths: 17386
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1425562217
Lake705171220
Allen64347862
Hamilton49481481
St. Joseph48135639
Elkhart39011536
Vanderburgh33874494
Tippecanoe29863271
Johnson26876463
Hendricks25548379
Porter24683380
Madison20440444
Clark19785275
Vigo18609308
LaPorte16638260
Monroe16237217
Delaware16230286
Howard16181310
Kosciusko13763162
Hancock12644184
Bartholomew12544188
Warrick11889189
Wayne11794264
Floyd11792225
Grant11484233
Morgan10134188
Boone9576120
Noble8921121
Henry8917163
Marshall8792146
Dearborn875798
Dubois8673138
Shelby7958127
Cass7907126
Lawrence7861182
DeKalb7416106
Jackson738093
Huntington7280107
Gibson6922118
Montgomery6830122
Harrison680696
Knox6779113
Steuben641185
Miami6384106
Whitley631160
Putnam626582
Clinton614176
Wabash5958108
Jasper591991
Jefferson5617102
Ripley540892
Adams527881
Daviess4964116
Scott475978
Wells462998
White459967
Greene458399
Clay452162
Decatur4491109
Jennings434666
Fayette429094
LaGrange413890
Posey398344
Washington380654
Randolph3770107
Fountain364962
Spencer353446
Fulton352270
Starke343672
Sullivan342454
Owen341676
Orange320270
Jay315450
Rush293332
Carroll287037
Franklin283544
Perry281453
Vermillion277557
Parke244930
Tipton244664
Pike241744
Blackford213944
Pulaski203158
Newton176552
Brown169850
Crawford167129
Benton160517
Martin149219
Switzerland143712
Warren131416
Union115416
Ohio90513
Unassigned0581

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1673496

Reported Deaths: 26483
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1757641826
Cuyahoga1629012636
Hamilton1118741528
Montgomery791421387
Summit697231199
Lucas615331017
Butler55597803
Stark521611170
Lorain40661639
Warren35239412
Mahoning34821769
Lake31171493
Clermont30541362
Delaware26553182
Trumbull26366611
Licking26095335
Medina25072351
Fairfield24063287
Greene23957369
Clark21542387
Portage20538280
Richland20465336
Wood19524246
Allen18427320
Miami16950348
Columbiana16385331
Muskingum16346206
Wayne15351304
Tuscarawas14018357
Marion12978194
Erie12350198
Ashtabula12171225
Scioto12166182
Pickaway12009151
Ross11417223
Hancock11151173
Geauga10572174
Lawrence10433171
Belmont10200231
Huron9545155
Jefferson9425225
Union933375
Sandusky8981166
Seneca8639156
Knox8591169
Washington8578156
Athens825096
Darke8215179
Ashland7777147
Auglaize7695115
Shelby7302132
Defiance7174114
Brown7015115
Crawford7010150
Fulton6953111
Logan6818108
Mercer679397
Guernsey677983
Highland6591117
Madison639289
Clinton6361106
Williams623498
Preble6153139
Putnam6054120
Jackson569496
Champaign564786
Perry557179
Coshocton5525103
Ottawa549599
Morrow504464
Fayette481270
Hardin475399
Gallia460278
Pike457876
Van Wert451591
Adams4495109
Henry422776
Hocking398093
Holmes3917137
Wyandot366673
Carroll348978
Paulding317449
Meigs300957
Monroe230860
Noble216147
Morgan208938
Harrison204052
Vinton182037
Unassigned05
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Decatur
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