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South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for South Bend fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in February 2010 at 12.5% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare South Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Indiana 3.7% -0.2 -0.4
South Bend 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: South Bend, Indiana, National

South Bend, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

South Bend, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Bend peaked in February 2010 at 19,326. There are now 13,181 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,925 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,220. South Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in South Bend, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 6,145 -307 -868

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.9% 6,145
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.1% 6,452
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 4.3% 6,785
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 4.0% 6,356
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.4% 5,263
June
2017
4.3% 3.0% 3.2% 4,984
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.1% 4,925
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.3% 5,196
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.8% 6,031
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 4.2% 6,723
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.2% 6,664

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.