The Elkhart County, Ind., economy is improving thanks to additional hiring by RV firms preparing to build more units this year, according to data compiled by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The unemployment rate in Elkhart County, which includes the communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Nappanee, declined to 4.1% in November, compared with 4.2% in October. Statewide, the jobless rate was at 4.7% and nationally it was 5.8% in November.
The story behing the Elkhart figure is that the Elkhart County economy, which was battered by the manufactured housing industry’s long recession and the shrinkage of the van conversion sector, added 5,070 jobs between November 2002 and November 2003.
“That’s the kind of situation we like to see,” said Paul Joray, professor of economics at Indiana University South Bend. “Elkhart’s economy has come back very nicely,” Joray told the Elkhart Truth.