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South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for South Bend fell 7.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in April 2020 at 22.0% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare South Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Indiana 12.3% -5.2 +9.0
South Bend 14.2% -7.8 +10.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 34,116. There are now 12,012 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 22,104 -12,012 +16,171

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 11.2%
May
2020
13.3% 12.3% 14.2% 22,104
April
2020
14.7% 17.5% 22.0% 34,116
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 3.5% 5,496
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.5% 5,653
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 3.6% 5,828
December
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.6% 5,783
November
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.7% 5,862
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.7% 5,935
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.7% 5,996
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.7% 6,026

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.