About 5% of residents in Indiana’s Elkhart County were jobless in August, down from 5.2% in July, according to figures released Monday (Sept. 22) by state officials.

As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the county’s unemployment rate also was estimated at 5% in April, but rose to 5.3% in May and peaked at 5.6% in June, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The numbers are derived from monthly phone surveys conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of Indiana’s 92 counties, Elkhart was one of 53 counties that posted lower jobless numbers than the state’s nonseasonally adjusted 5.5% rate. Elkhart county is home to the RV industry’s manufacturing hub.

Elkhart County’s rate was lower than neighbors St. Joseph County, at 6.2%, and Marshall County, at 5.2%; equal to Noble County’s 5%, and higher than LaGrange County’s 4.3% and Kosciusko County’s 4.2%.

Indiana’s nonseasonally adjusted 5.5% rate in August was lower than the U.S. rate of 6.3%.

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