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Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Elkhart rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 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 November 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Elkhart 2.8% +0.3 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 14,671 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,450 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 856. Elkhart employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Elkhart, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Elkhart 3,306 +349 +736

Number of Unemployed Persons

Elkhart, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployment Rate
Elkhart
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.8% 3,306
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.5% 2,957
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 2.7% 3,207
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.5% 3,015
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 2.6% 3,051
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.4% 2,849
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.2% 2,588
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.2% 2,562
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.3% 2,653
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 2.2% 2,492
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 2.2% 2,450

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.