Elkhart County unemployment rate sees slight increase

The unemployment rate from April to May increased by 0.3 percent. It’s the first time unemployment has risen in six months.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

Elkhart County’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in May, up from 5 percent in April. This is the first time it has risen in six months, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Friday, June 20.

It’s also the first time since at least 2004, the oldest data readily available, that the county’s unemployment rate increased from April to May.

Indiana posted a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.7 percent, its same level as April. The national rate was 6.3 percent.

Over the past year, Indiana’s unemployment rate declined 2 percent, which is the third-largest decrease in the nation. Indiana’s decline of 5.1 percent since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, also ranks third in the country.

Of the state’s 14 metro areas, all but one saw its unemployment rate increase from April. Michigan City’s rate stayed the same at 7.3 percent.

Elkhart County’s number of people unemployed increased from 4,782 in April to 5,093 in May, a 6.5-percent increase.

The data is generated by a monthly survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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