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Elkhart Retains Highest Hoosier Jobless Rate

Elkhart County’s jobless rate fell 1.1 percentage points in April, to 14.1%, but it remained the highest rate in Indiana, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported today (May 21).

It has fallen nearly 5 percentage points since standing at 18.9% in April 2009.

The cities of Elkhart and Goshen stood at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in terms of the highest rates for cities in the state. Their rates were 16.6% and 13.1%, respectively.

The county’s economy is highly dependent upon the RV industry, which produces nearly 70% of the nation’s RVs.

Indiana’s state rate was 10% in April, up from 9.9% in March.

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