Local economy shows major signs of improvement

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

ELKHART COUNTY There is good news coming for the unemployed in the Hoosier state.

Nearly 15 percent of Indiana employers plan to hire more workers at the beginning of next year, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook survey. 8 percent plan to cut their staffs, but that still means an increase in total jobs.

Those jobs are coming back largely in the manufacturing industry, which is great news for Elkhart County. The county was one of the hardest hit areas of the country during the recession, but poverty rates are declining for the first time since 2008.Plus the median household income in the county is at its highest level since the recession began.

The Elkhart Truth reports that 15.2 percent of Elkhart County lived in poverty in 2012. That's down from 18 percent in 2011, according to Census Bureau Data.

The median household income in the county was $45,806 in 2012. That's the highest it's been since 2008, when median income at $49,989 per year.

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