The RV manufacturing hub of Elkhart County regained the ominous recognition of having the highest unemployment rate in Indiana in July.
The county’s jobless rate last month was 16.7%, according to the Associated Press.
Howard County, which had the highest rate in the state for several months, fell to 10th with a rate of 14.7%.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said the state unemployment rate for July was 10.6%, essentially unchanged from 10.7% in June. Commissioner Teresa Voors said the report shows the impact of the auto industry emerging from bankruptcy and workers returning from summer furloughs. She adds large increases in manufacturing employment and gains in cities like Kokomo in Howard County are a “direct result of Hoosier auto workers going back to work.”