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Report: Elkhart Co. Posts Growth Surge in ’11

Recent figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce show that Elkhart County continued its significant growth in 2011, with total output and exports both surging ahead of their 2009 recession troughs.

As reported by The Elkhart Truth, the area is also expected to lead continued growth once 2012’s numbers are released, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ most recent U.S. Metro Economies report. This area was one of five listed in the report expected to lead the way.

Exports for the Elkhart-Goshen metro statistical area were just shy of $1.04 billion in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In 2011, the latest year available, that had risen to more than $1.55 billion, putting the area between Rockford, Ill., and Bellingham, Wash., in about the top third of all U.S. metro areas for 2011. Elkhart County was well ahead of the Fort Wayne area ($1.28 billion), but below the South Bend-Mishawaka area ($2.1 billion).

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