Counties with the highest unemployment in Indiana

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July 8, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Indiana

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Indiana using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in May 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, a chief global economist at Piper Sandler told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years. At the height of the COVID-19 recession in April 2020, unemployment hit 14.7%.

Still, as of June 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 4.1%, with little change from the previous month. Regional and state employment range widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in the Dakotas to 5.3% in Washington D.C.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Indiana.

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#50. Washington County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,791 people (516 unemployed)

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#49. Jefferson County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,175 people (567 unemployed)

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#48. Putnam County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,102 people (632 unemployed)

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#47. Clark County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 62,697 people (2,303 unemployed)

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#46. Allen County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 189,031 people (6,993 unemployed)

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#45. Parke County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,341 people (279 unemployed)

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#44. Knox County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,571 people (665 unemployed)

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#43. Henry County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 22,271 people (852 unemployed)

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#42. Dearborn County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 25,906 people (982 unemployed)

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#41. Vanderburgh County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 91,198 people (3,438 unemployed)

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#40. Pike County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,752 people (223 unemployed)

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#39. Newton County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,690 people (264 unemployed)

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#38. Jay County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,728 people (340 unemployed)

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#37. Wabash County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,019 people (586 unemployed)

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#36. Marshall County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,131 people (898 unemployed)

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#35. Tippecanoe County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 100,476 people (3,887 unemployed)

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#34. Marion County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 513,503 people (19,799 unemployed)

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#33. Madison County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 60,932 people (2,436 unemployed)

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#32. Crawford County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,812 people (197 unemployed)

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#31. Fulton County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,458 people (384 unemployed)

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#30. Clay County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,495 people (467 unemployed)

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#29. Noble County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,712 people (880 unemployed)

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#28. Kosciusko County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 39,566 people (1,622 unemployed)

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#27. Elkhart County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 106,739 people (4,390 unemployed)

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#26. Switzerland County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,564 people (190 unemployed)

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#25. Jasper County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,888 people (660 unemployed)

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#24. Wayne County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 29,175 people (1,233 unemployed)

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#23. Grant County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 31,149 people (1,309 unemployed)

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#22. Porter County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 85,459 people (3,591 unemployed)

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#21. Sullivan County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,885 people (337 unemployed)

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#20. Orange County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,227 people (350 unemployed)

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#19. Owen County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,228 people (395 unemployed)

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#18. Scott County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,564 people (456 unemployed)

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#17. Ripley County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,425 people (539 unemployed)

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#16. Cass County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,240 people (733 unemployed)

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#15. Lawrence County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 20,284 people (880 unemployed)

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#14. Randolph County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,629 people (509 unemployed)

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#13. LaPorte County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 47,514 people (2,111 unemployed)

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#12. Monroe County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 70,289 people (3,070 unemployed)

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#11. St. Joseph County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 131,344 people (5,793 unemployed)

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#10. Blackford County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,602 people (211 unemployed)

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#9. Starke County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,602 people (441 unemployed)

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#8. Greene County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,472 people (617 unemployed)

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#7. Vigo County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 45,438 people (2,085 unemployed)

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#6. Vermillion County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,513 people (303 unemployed)

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#5. Miami County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,435 people (680 unemployed)

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#4. Delaware County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 50,479 people (2,374 unemployed)

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#3. Lake County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 226,666 people (12,311 unemployed)

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#2. Fayette County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,192 people (453 unemployed)

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#1. Howard County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 33,706 people (1,924 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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