Indiana’s Elkhart-Goshen area has led the nation in the largest job percentage gain, and retaining that ranking requires filling roughly 9,500 open positions.

The Goshen News reported that non-farm jobs in Elkhart and Goshen grew by 5.3% from November 2016 to November 2017, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The largest percentage decrease for the same time period occurred in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where job growth declined 5.6%. In Michigan City, located approximately 60 miles west of Goshen near the Indiana-Michigan line, job growth among non-farm industries shrank by 3.6%.

While many local leaders credit the recreational vehicle industry for putting Elkhart County on the job-growth map, others say it is a combination of efforts to create a climate that is rich for growth and communities that sustain that growth after it occurs.

“It’s certainly an exciting thing for our community to be able to boast that we have that many jobs being created,” Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said Friday. “Each community in Elkhart County is working to manage that growth and we’re seeing the effects of that.”

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