Elkhart County ranked first nationally by achieving the largest percentage increase in employment among 256 of the 322 most populous U.S. counties where employment grew from March 2010 to March 2011, according to a report by Inside INdiana Business.
Elkhart County recorded an employment gain of 6.2%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Sept. 29. Elkhart County’s employment increase of 6.2% outpaced a national job growth rate of 1.3% during March 2010 to March 2011. Within Elkhart County, the largest employment gains occurred in manufacturing, where the number of jobs rose by 5,125, amounting to a 12.4% boost in manufacturing employment.
“These results highlight a renewed vitality as WorkOne has helped strengthen Elkhart County’s workforce to a high-level of skill and innovation. As the U.S. and global economies have slowly rebounded from the depths of the economic crisis, Elkhart County employers have continued to build operational efficiencies and workers have enhanced not only their technical skills but also ‘soft skills,’ such as teamwork, communication and discipline in the workplace,” said Chuck Knebl, communications manager for WorkOne in Northern Indiana.