Unemployment Rises in Indiana, Elkhart County
Indiana saw an uptick in its unemployment rate in July. The preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate went from 8.3% in June to 8.5% in July, according to InsideINdianaBusiness.com.
Elkhart County, home to the recreational vehicle’s manufacturing hub, also saw an increase, rising from 10.2% in June to 10.6% in July.
The U.S. rate declined to 9.1% this month. Indiana continues to be significantly below the national average and that of all neighboring states for the sixth month in a row. Private sector employment decreased by 8,200 in July.
“In comparison to our neighbors, Indiana is the only state below 9%,” said Mark W. Everson, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “In terms of jobs, the bright spot for the month was an increase in manufacturing, but we saw a tightening across other sectors.”