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Elkhart Among Top Cities for ’12 Wage Growth

Elkhart, Ind., was among the Top 10 U.S. cities that enjoyed marked increases in wages in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to a report in USA Today.

The city was listed at No. 8 in the rankings as the average weekly wage in Elkhart rose $65 between December 2011 and December 2012, when pay climbed to $782 per week.

The Elkhart area was hit hard by the most recent economic downturn as demand for its key industry, RV manufacturing, plummeted. The unemployment rate hit a high of 20.2% in March 2009.

However, the area’s manufacturing base, which comprises nearly half of all the area’s jobs, has been making a significant comeback, growing employment 7.4% from December 2011 to December 2012. Some of the area’s RV plants have announced plans to continue hiring in 2013.

The report showed:

1-yr. wage growth: 9.1%.
• Average weekly wage: $782.
• Dec. 2011 unemployment: 10.9%.
• Dec. 2012 unemployment: 9.5%.
• 1-yr. employment change: +5.5%.

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