Sunday, September 21, 2014

Elkhart County manufacturers hiring more, but some concerned about job quality

Elkhart County's jobless rate dropped to 6.2 percent in January and several companies have made hiring announcement, but some readers are asking if it is at the expense of job quality.

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:49 p.m.

Several Elkhart County manufacturers have announced plans to hire new workers this month, but a number of readers have commented on our message boards and social media to say they are concerned about the quality of those jobs.

Commodore Homes announced that they will hire 60 new workers for $18 to $20 dollars an hour. Crane Composites Inc. plans to hire 30 new workers and a yet-unnamed RV manufacturer wants to hire 300 workers for $9 to $12 dollars an hour.

Elkhart County's jobless rate dropped to 6.2 percent in January from 6.7 percent in December, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced on Monday. That's the lowest that unemployment as been since May of 2008.

Mainly, people on social media were concerned about low wages and the lack of benefits for some of these new positions.

What do you think? Are companies hiring people for at unfair wages? Or does Elkhart County need more diversity in the types of jobs in the area?


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