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South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for South Bend rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.5%. 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 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 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 April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Indiana 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
South Bend 3.5% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 13,665 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 386. South Bend employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in South Bend, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
South Bend 5,680 +229 +29

Number of Unemployed Persons

South Bend, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployment Rate
South Bend
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.2%
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.5% 5,680
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
November
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.7% 5,844
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.8% 6,005
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 3.9% 6,188
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.9% 6,158
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.7% 5,856
June
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.6% 5,641

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.