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South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for South Bend fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in April 2020 at 21.1% and is now 16.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare South Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Indiana 4.1% 0.0 -4.5
South Bend 4.7% -0.1 -5.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 32,480. There are now 24,858 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. South Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in South Bend, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 7,622 -170 -8,922

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 4.7% 7,622
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 4.8% 7,792
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 4.9% 7,742
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 4.9% 7,641
March
2021
6.0% 3.9% 4.9% 7,656
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 5.0% 7,887
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 5.2% 8,292
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 5.6% 8,829
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 6.0% 9,490
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 6.7% 10,428
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 7.6% 11,770

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.