Elkhart County’s Job Growth Leads the Nation

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April 29, 2011 by   1 Comment

Elkhart County

Elkhart County

Numbers released Wednesday (April 27) by the Labor Department show unemployment in the Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., area dropped 4.6% from March 2010 to March 2011, the largest percentage decrease in the country.

The rate fell from 15.6% in March 2010 to 11% in March 2011, WSJV-TV, South Bend, reported.

Elkhart Economic Development Director Barkley Garrett says he’s encouraged the numbers are moving in the right direction. He says he’s seeing RV manufacturers in the area ramp up hiring and overtime.

In the short term, Garrett says Elkhart and Elkhart County development officials are looking to maintain RV industry jobs in the area.

In the long term, he says they’re looking for ways to create more diversity in the economy so the area can better weather any future RV industry downturns.

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One Response to “Elkhart County’s Job Growth Leads the Nation”

  1. Ryan on April 29th, 2011 4:30 pm

    I have to believe this is very misleading!!! with gas prices going the way they are and rising and the rv industry has yet to get going this year do to Mother nature pushing the selling season back a few months. None of this can be good for anyone in the Elkhart county community.