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Fort Wayne, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fort Wayne fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Fort Wayne peaked in February 2010 at 11.6% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Fort Wayne unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Indiana 3.7% -0.2 -0.4
Fort Wayne 3.4% -0.4 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fort Wayne, Indiana, National

Fort Wayne, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fort Wayne peaked in February 2010 at 24,054. There are now 16,900 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,740 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,414. Fort Wayne employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Fort Wayne 7,154 -822 -1,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fort Wayne, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Fort Wayne
Unemployment Rate
Fort Wayne
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 7,154
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.8% 7,976
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.9% 8,248
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.5% 7,489
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.8% 6,094
June
2017
4.3% 3.0% 2.7% 5,750
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.7% 5,740
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 2.9% 6,224
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.4% 7,244
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.8% 8,071
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.8% 8,094

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.