Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

March 18, 2013

January jobless rates rise

Unemployment in Kokomo climbs to 11.5 percent.

Kokomo — The unemployment rates of every metropolitan area in Indiana spiked in January, with the city of Kokomo’s rate climbing from 10.4 percent in December to 11.5 percent only a month later.

The state is questioning the validity of the federal unemployment numbers.

Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders says the federal report used a new and inaccurate formula showing Indiana’s unemployment rate higher than it actually is.

The number of people out of work in Kokomo increased by 155 to 2,170 in January. The number of people employed dropped by 685 to 16,647, and that went along with a decline in the labor force of 530 to 16,647.

In cities of comparable size, the Kokomo unemployment rate was among the lowest in the state, trailing Muncie and Richmond.

Michael Hicks, director of the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, said job growth numbers for the state are good news.

Hicks said the numbers are based on a survey of businesses and households, adding the business survey numbers are better.

“The household numbers are more volatile,” he said. “The seasonal factors aren’t working any more.”

Hicks said people are entering the work force at different times of the year, and with the perception that the economy is getting better, people are re-entering the work force.

He said the January and July numbers are always different because people are graduating from high school and community colleges in December and June and entering the work force.

“I don’t think things are getting worse,” Hicks said. “I don’t take the monthly numbers too seriously, unless it is confirming a trend. I don’t think anyone is intentionally distorting the numbers.”

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said he was not overly concerned by the numbers, either.

“When you look at unemployment on a month-to-month basis, it’s hard to get a good grasp of what is taking place,” he said. “I still feel things are going in the right direction.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • More charges filed in attempted murder case

    Additional charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm were filed today in the case against a 17-year-old arrested Tuesday stemming from a shooting on the city's north east side. Kokomo police arrested the teen identified as Treyshon Bank

    August 20, 2014

  • Truckers on Strike Local 135 strikes against trucking company Members of Teamsters Local Union 135 went on strike Wednesday morning against Diamond Trucking Inc. after new contract negotiations broke down Tuesday night. Thirty-eight members of Diamond Trucking, which hauls materials for Kokomo Gravel to places

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS KT 082114 Western site plan Western seeks public input on athletic facility renovations RUSSIAVILLE — For the third month in a row, the main topic of Western School Corp. board of education meeting was a face lift for school facilities. The board held two public hearings before a regular meeting Tuesday to gain input on two stages of th

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greatest Save brings Major Leaguers to Kokomo Community First Bank Executive Vice President Bob Hickman saw first hand the great benefits and excitement the Greatest Save program brought to the community of Evansville the last two years. He watched as Major League Baseball legends like Rollie Fi

    August 20, 2014

  • Indiana told to honor other states' gay marriages INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but says the ruling doesn't take effect until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the issue. U.S. District Judge R

    August 20, 2014

  • EHS Renovations 04 Eastern's $14 million renovation project nearing completion GREENTOWN – As Eastern Howard School Corp. nears the end of a two-year construction project, the majority of the $14 million renovation is not readily apparent.Much of the work has centered on replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning s

    August 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • SECOND UPDATE: Teen to face adult charges in Monday shooting

    A 17-year-old arrested for attempted murder Monday evening will face the charge as an adult.Treshon Banks is accused of involvement in a shooting incident near Studebaker Park off East Elm Street.A Kokomo Police Department custody report stated

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS KT 082014 Rick Rhodes Kokomo man wins Hoosier Millionaire Championship INDIANAPOLIS — Kokomo man Rick Rhodes took the top spot on Saturday night's 25th Anniversary Championship Hoosier Millionaire Show at the Indiana State Fair. Rhodes stopped short of becoming the Hoosier Millionaire Show's 192nd millionaire, but he wa

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Data breach affects Dukes Memorial Hospital PERU — Dukes Memorial Hospital was one of nine Indiana hospitals affected by Monday's data breach at Community Health Systems. Community Health Systems — which is not affiliated with Community Health Network, the Indianapolis-based healthcare provide

    August 19, 2014

  • Smoking ordinance mostly unchanged heading to first reading The draft of an ordinance that would eliminate smoking in all enclosed public places largely went untouched during committee review as it heads for a first reading before the Kokomo Common Council on Monday. The ordinance didn’t come without its fair

    August 19, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries