Indiana recorded its biggest monthly jobs gain ever last month, while the Elkhart area’s unemployment rate rose slightly, according to November unemployment numbers released Friday, Dec. 20.
The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent, lower than all neighboring states but still higher than the nation’s 6.6 percent rate. Indiana added 25,300 private sector jobs during the month.
The Elkhart-Goshen metro area added 411 jobs for the month, but because its workforce grew by 622 people, its unemployment rate increased from 7.4 percent to 7.6 percent.
Unemployment in the city of Elkhart was 9.1 percent, unchanged from October. The city of Goshen’s rate fell slightly, from 7.5 percent to 7.4 percent.
The nation added 631,000 jobs, lowering the U.S. unemployment rate from 7 percent to 6.6 percent.
Michigan’s rate fell from 9 percent to 8.8 percent.