Elkhart County leads in national job growth for third time
Posted: 07/03/2013 at 10:00 am
By: Rebecca Kraybill
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Domenique Geeraedts caulks a group of metal bar locks in Elkhart on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Geeraedts was assembling the door latches for Flexco Products. (Truth Photo By Elizabeth Frantz)
Grand Design RV employees listen as Indiana Governor Mike Pence speaks Thursday, April 18, 2013, during a visit to Grand Design RV in Middlebury. Pence was on hand for an announcement that the company plans to bring up to 500 manufacturing, distribution, administration and sales jobs to the area by 2016. ¨ (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan)
Vernon Miller, Frances Hoyt and Chris Miller work to finish cabinet doors to be installed inside Grand Design's new Solitude model recreational vehicle Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Middlebury. ¨ (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan)
Among the largest U.S. counties, Elkhart County had the largest percentage increase in employment growth between December 2011 and December 2012, the report said.
Elkhart County showed a 7.4 percent employment increase over the year, compared to the national job growth of 1.9 percent.
The largest increase occurred in the manufacturing sector, with 5,479 jobs forming throughout the year, according to the report. Up to half of Elkhart County manufacturing is connected to the recreational vehicle industry.
This is the third time the county has topped the national job growth report. Elkhart County placed a top rank between March 2010 and 2011 and September 2011 and 2012.
The report follows an announcement this spring from the Indiana Department of Workplace Development that Indiana’s private sector added 9,000 jobs in May, the highest increase in jobs since February of 2012.
Statewide, unemployment in Indiana stands at 8.3 percent as of May, according to the DWD. Unemployment was at 8.0 percent in April and 9.1 percent in March.