Enrollment remains strong at local institutes of higher learning, following a swell of people returning to college when the market collapsed in 2008.
Micah Pollak, an economics professor at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, said IUN, as well as Purdue University Calumet and Ivy Tech, reported an almost 20 percent bump in enrollment in 2009, as people pursued different fields or higher degrees.
Pollak, who represents the Education sector on The Times Board of Economists, said that may be a negative indicator for the job sector but it is good news for higher education.
Although, jobs are slowly returning to the area, he said.
In 2007, Northwest Indiana had 290,000 people employed. That number dropped to 250,000 in 2010. This year, the number climbed back up to about 275,000, Pollak said.