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Jobs are vital to the health of Indiana’s Elkhart County. No where is that clearer than in the annual report from the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the county is ranked No. 1 in job growth out of 92 other counties in Indiana, No. 2 in the nation for advanced manufacturing and No. 51 out of 100 as a top leading location for development in the nation. The county’s labor force is 104,616, according to a statistics compiled by the economic development corporation, and expands to more than 475,000 within a 35-mile radius.

More than 29,000 people commute into Elkhart County to work, accounting for 17.5% of the county’s workforce. At the same time, only 5.7%, or slightly more than 8,000, people commute out of the county to work.

Mark Dobson, president of the economic development corporation, said there weren’t very many options left to attract people to the thousands of open jobs available in Elkhart County.

“Anyone a half-hour from here knows we have jobs,” he said. “We’ve run (commuters) for all they’re worth. There’s not much left.”

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