Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Indiana

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November 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Indiana

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Indiana using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Marshall County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 22,746 (458 unemployed)
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#49. Martin County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 5,434 (108 unemployed)
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#48. Randolph County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 11,887 (243 unemployed)
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#47. Tippecanoe County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 96,175 (1,920 unemployed)
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#46. Wabash County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 14,344 (294 unemployed)

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#45. Warren County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 4,084 (80 unemployed)
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#44. Allen County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 186,631 (3,928 unemployed)
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#43. Carroll County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 9,905 (204 unemployed)
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#42. Huntington County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 18,087 (377 unemployed)
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#41. Jay County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 8,817 (185 unemployed)

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#40. Jefferson County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 14,966 (314 unemployed)
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#39. Jennings County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 13,276 (284 unemployed)
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#38. Switzerland County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 4,613 (98 unemployed)
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#37. Brown County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 7,931 (177 unemployed)
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#36. Fulton County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 9,650 (212 unemployed)

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#35. Noble County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 21,282 (473 unemployed)
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#34. Parke County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 7,233 (156 unemployed)
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#33. Putnam County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 16,815 (364 unemployed)
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#32. Ripley County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 12,650 (274 unemployed)
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#31. Crawford County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 4,831 (109 unemployed)

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#30. Grant County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
- Total labor force: 30,863 (723 unemployed)
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#29. Henry County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 22,033 (503 unemployed)
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#28. Jasper County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 15,559 (352 unemployed)
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#27. Scott County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
- Total labor force: 10,595 (247 unemployed)
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#26. Vanderburgh County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 91,935 (2,069 unemployed)

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#25. Wayne County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 29,562 (669 unemployed)
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#24. Blackford County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 4,765 (115 unemployed)
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#23. Cass County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 17,101 (417 unemployed)
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#22. Delaware County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 53,241 (1,257 unemployed)
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#21. Lawrence County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 21,051 (500 unemployed)

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#20. Madison County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
- Total labor force: 59,710 (1,459 unemployed)
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#19. Marion County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
- Total labor force: 503,817 (12,246 unemployed)
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#18. Owen County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 9,682 (229 unemployed)
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#17. Perry County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 8,632 (211 unemployed)
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#16. Porter County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 84,210 (2,052 unemployed)

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#15. Tipton County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 8,989 (220 unemployed)
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#14. Clay County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 11,690 (297 unemployed)
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#13. Greene County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 13,779 (339 unemployed)
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#12. Newton County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 6,669 (170 unemployed)
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#11. St. Joseph County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 133,229 (3,388 unemployed)

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#10. Sullivan County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 7,924 (197 unemployed)
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#9. Orange County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 8,057 (206 unemployed)
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#8. Vigo County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 45,951 (1,211 unemployed)
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#7. Vermillion County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -1.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 6,589 (177 unemployed)
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#6. Miami County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: -1.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
- Total labor force: 14,098 (393 unemployed)

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#5. Starke County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 9,381 (265 unemployed)
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#4. LaPorte County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
- Total labor force: 46,012 (1,325 unemployed)
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#3. Fayette County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 8,332 (272 unemployed)
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#2. Lake County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -1.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
- Total labor force: 223,078 (8,262 unemployed)
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#1. Howard County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -3.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
- Total labor force: 33,556 (1,358 unemployed)

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