Elkhart County jobless rate falls to 6.7 percent in December 2013
Elkhart County's jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent in December, its lowest level since June 2008, according to state figures released Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The county's 6.7 percent rate was down from 7.6 percent unemployment in November. Of Indiana's 92 counties, Elkhart was one of 41 counties that saw its rate drop by 0.9 percent or more from November to December.
Elkhart's rate was the seventh-lowest among Indiana's 10 most populous counties.
Indiana's seasonably adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, its lowest since October 2008, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Indiana's rate remains below those of all neighboring states. The state ended 2013 showing a total increase of 42,600 jobs over the year.
Indiana has now added over 217,000 private sector jobs and continues to outpace the national average for job growth (9.3 percent versus 6.8 percent) since July 2009, the low point of employment.
“Just as important is the fact more than 21,000 folks have returned to the labor force over the past three months, which is unique in the Midwest," Scott Sanders, DWD commissioner, said in a statement.