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Region unemployment rates continue to increase but so does number of residents working

map provided by Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The number of Northwest Indiana residents looking for work continues to increase, pushing unemployment rates higher.

Lake County's November unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, up from 4.1 percent in October. Porter County's rate rose a tenth of a percentage point to 3.1 percent.

But the number of residents finding work is also going up. Almost 1,000 more Lake County residents and more than 300 more Porter County residents were employed in November than October.

The highest unemployment rate locally continues to be in Gary at eight percent. Valparaiso has one of the lowest local unemployment rates at three percent.