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Elkhart County jobless rate up

Elkhart County's unemployment rate rose in July, according to numbers releaed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Posted on Aug. 17, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 17, 2012 at 7:47 p.m.

GOSHEN — Elkhart County’s unemployment rate continued rising in July, while the state’s jobless rate held steady.

Elkhart County’s rate rose to 9.0 percent, up from 8.9 percent in June and 8.6 percent in May, according to numbers released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Indiana’s non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate stayed at 8.3 percent in July, the same as June, according to numbers released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The seasonally adjusted numbers showed the state rising from June’s 8.0 percent to 8.2 percent in July, still below the national 8.3 percent average.

Elkhart’s unemployment rate inched upward to 11 percent from June’s 10.9 percent, and Goshen’s rose from 8.5 percent in June to 8.9 percent in July, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The actual number of unemployed people in Goshen rose by 44, according to workforce development, while 17 more people were unemployed in Elkhart,

In surrounding counties, St. Joseph County’s jobless rate rose from 9.3 to 9.4 percent between June and July; Marshall County’s rate also rose a tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent; Noble and Kosciusko counties stayed steady at 8.8 and 7.3 percent, respectively; and LaGrange County dropped from 7.9 percent in June to 7.7 percent last month, according to the state.

Indiana saw private-sector job growth for the ninth consecutive month, with July’s increase totaling 3,300, according to workforce development. The state’s job growth rate, 1.7 percent this year, outpaces the U.S. average of 1.0 percent.

Scott Sanders, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said the department is unsure about some of the federal data from July. “We have raised several questions with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about discrepancies in June and July’s labor force data,” he said in a written announcement today. “The numbers seem to indicate nearly 46,000 Hoosiers went from gainfully employed in May to missing from the labor force in July, with no explanation,” he said.




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