The latest numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD) suggests that the job picture in Elkhart County — and by default the RV industry too — is improving.
The county’s jobless rate in January stood at 12.2%, a slight improvement over the 12.8% rate in December but a big improvement from the 16.5% rate in January 2010, the IDWD reported today (March 10).
The IDWD estimated that the number of people in the county’s workforce who found jobs in January jumped by more than 4,000 since December.
The IDWD report is based on estimates, not actual head counts, but clearly reflects a positive trend as RV plants across the region ramp up their hirings and production for the spring RV selling season.
The jobs improvement helped move the county from the top spot in the state, a dubious position it held most of the last 2 1/2 years, down to the No. 6 spot.
The county’s labor force stood at just over 89,000 in January with nearly 11,000 still out of work.
The jobs picture in the county’s two largest cities, Elkhart and Goshen, also is improving.
Elkhart’s jobless rate fell from 14.9% in December to 14% in January. The rate in January 2010 was 18.3%,
Likewise, the rate for Goshen fell from 13.9% in December to 12.6% in January. The January 2010 rate was 16.1%.