Elkhart Jobless Rate Steady 15.5% in February
Elkhart County retained the dubious title of having the highest jobless rate in the state of Indiana in February.
The county’s rate stood at 15.5%, about the same as January’s 15.6%, the Department of Workforce Development reported today (March 26).
Rates for the cities of Elkhart and Goshen also topped the charts, at 17.1% and 14.4%, respectively.
Unemployment trends mimic the path of the RV industry which is heavily concentrated in Elkhart County.
The state’s unemployment rate for February inched up 0.1% to 9.8%.
Workforce Development Commissioner Teresa Voors said there’s some positive news from the report.
“Indiana saw a small increase in total employment and a large increase in professional and business services, a sector which includes temporary staffing and often predicts future job growth.” Indiana is also the only state among its neighbors to report an unemployment rate below 10%.