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Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Elkhart rose 0.4 percentage points in August 2017 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Elkhart peaked in April 2009 at 19.6% and is now 16.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Elkhart unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Indiana 3.5% +0.4 -0.9
Elkhart 2.8% +0.4 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 14,847 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,462 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 668. Elkhart employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Elkhart, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Elkhart 3,130 +405 -721

Number of Unemployed Persons

Elkhart, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.8%
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 2.8% 3,130
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.4% 2,725
June
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.3% 2,569
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.2% 2,462
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 2.3% 2,521
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 2.8% 3,122
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.1% 3,405
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.1% 3,348
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.0% 3,236
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 3.1% 3,340
October
2016
4.8% 4.2% 3.2% 3,512

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.