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Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Elkhart fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Elkhart peaked in April 2009 at 19.6% and is now 15.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Elkhart unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Indiana 5.0% -0.2 +0.2
Elkhart 3.8% -0.4 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Elkhart, Indiana, National

Elkhart, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Elkhart, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Elkhart peaked in April 2009 at 17,977. There are now 13,968 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,727 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 282. Elkhart employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Elkhart, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Elkhart 4,009 -446 -136

Number of Unemployed Persons

Elkhart, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.8%
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 3.8% 4,009
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 4.2% 4,455
March
2016
5.0% 5.0% 4.1% 4,275
February
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.8% 4,009
January
2016
4.9% 4.6% 3.5% 3,736
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 3.5% 3,727
November
2015
5.0% 4.5% 3.6% 3,772
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 3.6% 3,767
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.6% 3,778
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.7% 3,839
July
2015
5.3% 4.6% 3.8% 3,941

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.