Elkhart County Again Tops Hoosier Jobless List

September 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart County again has the highest unemployment rate in the Indiana at 16%, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

Neighboring counties, which also have RV plant operations or provide workers to neighboring RV factories, were close behind, with Noble County at 15.7% and LaGrange County at 14.9%, Associated Press reported

Meanwhile, Indiana’s jobless rate has dropped below 10%. The DWD saaid the state’s unemployment rate is 9.9%, down from 10.6% in July. The August 2008 rate was 6%. DWD Commissioner Teresa Voors said the drop is welcome news, but two key factors that determine employment levels contradict each other. She said the next few months should provide evidence of whether this is a trend or a one-month anomaly.

The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate peaked at 12.8% in November 1982.

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