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Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Elkhart fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Elkhart peaked in April 2009 at 19.6% and is now 16.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Elkhart unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Indiana 4.4% 0.0 -1.5
Elkhart 3.5% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 14,233 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,723 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21. Elkhart employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Elkhart, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Elkhart 3,744 -71 -1,181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Elkhart, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.5% 3,744
November
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.6% 3,815
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.5% 3,723
September
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.6% 3,760
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.7% 3,892
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 3.9% 4,040
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 4.0% 4,157
May
2015
5.5% 5.1% 4.0% 4,182
April
2015
5.4% 5.4% 4.0% 4,130
March
2015
5.5% 5.8% 4.4% 4,547
February
2015
5.5% 5.9% 4.6% 4,800

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.