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South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for South Bend rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in February 2010 at 12.5% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare South Bend 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
South Bend 4.0% +0.3 +0.2
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: 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 19,345. There are now 12,885 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,294 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,166. South Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in South Bend, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 6,460 +486 +455

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 4.0% 6,460
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 5,974
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.8% 6,038
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.5% 5,661
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.8% 6,021
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.6% 5,852
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.5% 5,678
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.4% 5,451
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.5% 5,539
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.3% 5,294
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.6% 5,717

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.