TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - In June Indiana was named the state with the most manufacturing growth. Manufacturing jobs grew by 4,300.
But the unemployment rate in Tippecanoe County also grew. In June it was at 8.6 percent. That's up a full point from May.
Greater Lafayette Commerce President Joe Seaman said although factories like Subaru of Indiana Automotive and Nanshan continue to add jobs, others are feeling the effects of the overseas markets.
"Even though China is growing it is not growing at the level it was growing," Seaman said. "Europe has been somewhat stagnant, fighting some of the recession issues similar to what we had. Caterpillar does a lot of shipping overseas. Fairfield Manufacturing does a lot of shipping overseas."
Seaman said he has noticed a five-year trend in a spike of unemployment in June. He said a big reason for that is the end of the Purdue school year.
"Some [students] go home, but some stay here," Seaman said. "But a lot of them who were working during the school year are not working during the summer. We see it also in the December-January time frame. We get a little bit up because we are impacted by some of those significant changes.
Seaman said until June Tippecanoe County had stayed below the state unemployment average. He said even May's 7.6 percent is too high.
Seaman said Greater Lafayette Commerce continues to set up programs to help combat unemployment. A successful one is the Advance Manufacturing program. It helps teach people the manufacturing trade.
"If someone is not working or looking for a better job they can go out and fill out this new smart application," Seaman said. "We've had almost 500 people find jobs just by going out and filling out the new application."
Seaman said he expects the unemployment to be back down by August when students start to come back.
As for the state and its manufacturing growth, since 2009 it's added 64,000 manufacturing job. It's the second highest in the nation.
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