Elkhart County no longer holds the dubious distinction of having the highest jobless rate in the state of Indiana.
The RV manufacturing hub handed over the honor in June to Fayette County, the state’s Department of Workforce Development reported today (July 20).
Elkhart’s rate in June was 13.6%, a tick better than the 13.7% in May and just below Fayette’s 14.0%. Elkhart’s now stands second highest in the state.
Likewise, the city of Elkhart’s jobless rate, 15.6%, was second highest in the state, trailing only East Chicago’s 15.8%.
The June rate traditionally is the lowest of the year for Elkhart County, as most hires in the RV industry have been made by that time. The RV industry employes approximately one in four workers in the county and accounts for some 60% of all RVs made in the U.S.