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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 February 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in February 2010 at 12.5% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare South Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 +0.2
South Bend 3.8% 0.0 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 13,115 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 936. South Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in South Bend, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 6,230 +77 +691

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.6%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.8% 6,230
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.8% 6,153
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.9% 6,276
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 4.0% 6,435
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.0% 6,444
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 5,974
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.8% 6,038
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.5% 5,661
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.8% 6,021
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 5,852
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.5% 5,678

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.