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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Elkhart fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Elkhart peaked in April 2009 at 19.6% and is now 14.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in October 2014, 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 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Indiana 5.9% 0.0 -0.4
Elkhart 4.9% 0.0 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 18,046. There are now 13,134 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,881 in October 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 31. Elkhart employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Elkhart, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Elkhart 4,912 -8 -1,293

Number of Unemployed Persons

Elkhart, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 5.8%
February
2015
5.5% 5.9%
January
2015
5.7% 6.0%
December
2014
5.6% 5.9% 4.9% 4,912
November
2014
5.8% 5.9% 4.9% 4,920
October
2014
5.7% 5.8% 4.9% 4,881
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 5.1% 4,981
August
2014
6.1% 5.8% 5.3% 5,146
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 5.5% 5,301
June
2014
6.1% 5.9% 5.6% 5,373
May
2014
6.3% 6.0% 5.4% 5,204

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.