Elkhart County’s Job Growth Leads the Nation
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.