Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Economics (MSECO)


Economics (COB)

First Advisor

Thomas F. Wilson


Each state or region within the United States has certain unique and distinct characteristics that cause its economic performance to vary from that of the nation as a whole. Unemployment rates, as summary measures of unutilized manpower resources, frequently serve as a gauge of the general economic situation and social well-being. It is a well documented fact that unemployment is not evenly distributed througout the nation. For example, although 54% of the labor force is concetrated in the northeast and north central regions, they only account for 46% of the unemployment in recent years. This thesis focuses on the measurement and behavior of unemployed in Indiana, with particular attention devoted to contrasting performance by the State's economy with that of the nation as a whole.