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South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for South Bend fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in January 2010 at 12.3% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare South Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Indiana 3.3% -0.1 -0.2
South Bend 3.7% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 March 2010 at 19,047. There are now 12,990 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,657 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 400. South Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in South Bend, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 6,057 -26 +100

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.7% 6,057
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 6,083
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 6,049
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.7% 6,067
April
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 6,156
March
2019
3.8% 3.6% 3.8% 6,182
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.8% 6,132
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.8% 6,087
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.7% 6,020
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 6,025
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.7% 6,020

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.