Elkhart County Retains Top Jobless Ranking
Elkhart County recorded a jobless rate of 12.8% in December, lower than the 13.3% tally in November but not enough to avoid retaining the top spot among Indiana’s 92 counties, the state’s Department of Workforce Development reported today (Jan. 25).
The rate for the city of Elkhart improved to 14.9% from 15.5% in November and 17.9% in December 2009.
The rate for Goshen stood at 13.9%, an improvement from 14.8% in November and 14.9% in December 2009.
Indiana’s preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3% to 9.5% in December, a 0.2% decrease from one year ago. The last time Indiana’s unemployment rate was at 9.5% was February 2009. The number of unemployed Hoosiers is below 300,000 for the first time since January 2009. Private sector employment in Indiana declined in December (-9,100); however, the state added 36,400 private sector jobs in 2010.
“Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in almost two years,” said Mark W. Everson, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “Over the course of 2010, we saw growth in manufacturing and professional and business services, partially offset by declines in construction.”