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Elkhart County top in national job growth for third time

Elkhart County led the nation in the largest increase in employment between December 2011 and December 2012.

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 3, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.

Manufacturing jobs in Elkhart County have again led the county to the top in terms of national job growth, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Thursday, June 27.

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.


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