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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 February 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in South Bend peaked in April 2020 at 22.0% and is now 16.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare South Bend unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 +0.8
South Bend 5.1% -0.1 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 34,116. There are now 26,220 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 7,896 -135 +2,243

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 5.1% 7,896
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 5.2% 8,031
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 5.3% 8,218
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 6.5% 10,103
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 7.2% 11,251
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 8.4% 13,104
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 8.6% 13,580
July
2020
10.2% 8.6% 10.2% 16,088
June
2020
11.1% 10.1% 13.8% 22,031
May
2020
13.3% 12.0% 14.4% 22,356
April
2020
14.8% 16.9% 22.0% 34,116

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.