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Elkhart Jobless Rate Steady 15.5% in February

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March 26, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

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%.

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