ELKHART — Tough times in Elkhart are getting national attention. The jump in unemployment now has the distinction of being the highest in the country. [...]
While they look for work, many are intensely looking forward to November 4th and an election some say could help turn things around.
Layoffs are happening across the USA — but nowhere as fast as in this once-thriving area that used to be known as the "RV Capital of the World." One year ago, unemployment in Elkhart County was at 4.7%. Today, it's the highest in the nation at 15.3%, fueled largely by the rapid decline in the recreational vehicle business. [...]
On Monday, President Obama traveled to this depressed northern Indiana city to highlight what's at stake [...]
"People who have never had to ask for assistance are having to," says Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat in this largely Republican area.
Unemployment in the city of Elkhart (population 52,000) has hit 18%, he says.
May, 2009: Unemployment at nearly 19%:
New numbers show Elkhart and Goshen saw the biggest drop in unemployment last month than any other U.S. metropolitan area. It went from 16.9 percent a year ago to 13.4 percent. [...]
Overall, the state has added nearly 55,000 jobs this year, growing three and a half times faster than the U.S. as a whole, according to Indiana's Department of Workforce Development.
Apparently, Kenyan Marxist Commie socialism works.