Elkhart County’s jobless rate in June rose to 5.6 percent, up from 5.2 percent in May and climbing for the second-straight month, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Friday, July 18.
The number of people working grew by 1,929 from May to June, a 2 percent increase, but there were 2,404 more people in the labor force, a 2.5-percent increase. That difference drove up the jobless rate, as 475 more people were unemployed.
A similar story played out statewide. Indiana’s non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 5.8 percent in May to 6.1 percent in June, when the number of people working grew by 25,575 but the number of people in the workforce rose higher, by 38,733. There were 13,158 more people unemployed.
Of Indiana’s 92 counties, Elkhart County was one of 51 that posted lower jobless rates than the state as a whole. Elkhart’s rate was lower than St. Joseph (6.9 percent) and Marshall (5.7 percent), equal to Noble (5.6 percent), and higher than Kosciusko (4.7 percent) and Lagrange (5.1 percent).
The statistics are derived from telephone surveys done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.