Ed Neufeldt vowed to wear three green bracelets until unemployment rates fell below 7%. He told The Elkhart Truth in 2012, “I may be wearing them to my casket,” but on Thursday they came off.

“I thought that would never happen,” he said looking at the bracelets in his hand.

Unemployment rates posted this week prompted Neufeldt to symbolically remove his three bracelets, which represented unemployment rates in the U.S., Indiana and Elkhart County. Rates in all three are now below 7%.

Originally, he set the unemployment threshold at 5% for removing his bracelets. He reconsidered three months later and made a new goal of 7%.

“That would almost be impossible,” he said.

Neufeldt lost his job of 32 years at Monaco Coach Corp. during the 2008 economic recession and eventually found part-time jobs. That is when he started wearing the bracelets, which displayed the words “green jobs for America.”

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