Commissioner Report Cites High LC Unemployment; Cites Gary Airport, Property Demolitions as Keys to Economic Growth

By | February 17, 2017

Lake County has highest joblessness in State of Indiana.  Unemployment numbers are improving but remain high throughout Lake County compared to the state average of 4.2%. Commissioners say they will “continue to implement cost reduction measures.”

February 17, 2017-Lake County Commissioners Kyle Allen, Mike Repay and Jerry Tippy have issued a State of the County report which takes a look at previous years and maps out challenges going forward. Among the findings in the three page report, which can be viewed in full below:

  • “The primary factor affecting the state of the county is the 6.0% unemployment rate in Lake County as of December, 2016.  This rate ranks Lake County number one among Indiana’s 92 counties in joblessness.”
  • “The unemployment rate in Lake County was higher than the unemployment rate in Porter County at 4.8%  which ranked 19th in the state and LaPorte County at 5.4% which ranked 6th in the State.”

In order to address these issues, Commissioners suggest the following:

Please let us know in the comments.  What do you think that the priorities for the Lake County Commissioners should be moving forward.

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One thought on “Commissioner Report Cites High LC Unemployment; Cites Gary Airport, Property Demolitions as Keys to Economic Growth

  1. Margaret

    Commissioners need to contact HUD’s new secy as soon as confirmed and work on a commiottment from the new administration to bring jobs/money to the inner city. President Trump is committed to installing management and funds for programs that will “work”. A director, such as myself can and will bring jobs and training to Lake County, particularly Gary, to increase a tax base, clean up, and a general increase in committment and pride to the region. It is possible, just use funds appropriated to the County in a business like fashion, as the now President would do. It is important, extremely important, to get the schools, the youth, involved in their community.


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