Elkhart Co. Rebound Gains National Notoriety
It’s another positive economic national statistic for Indiana’s Elkhart County.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) quarterly census of employment and wages, the Elkhart-Goshen area has the eighth-highest increase in average weekly wages between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the fourth quarter of 2012.
An article in 24/7 Wall St., citing stats from the BLS, said the one-year wage growth in the Elkhart-Goshen area was 9.1% for an average weekly wage of $782, an increase of $65 per week.
“With the actual wages of the jobs, this year has been exceptionally good news after some rocky times,” said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County. “We are grateful primarily to the marine and recreational vehicle industries for being responsible for the increase in employment and the wage level.”
Kyle Hannon, president and CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, put the victories in perspective.
The Elkhart area has led the nation in job growth for at least two years, Hannon said. Salaries naturally were going to increase with it.
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