Workforce, diversity drive recession recovery

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NAPPANEE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana communities are diversifying their industries and working to improve workers’ skills as they recover from the Great Recession.

Elkhart County’s unemployment rate jumped to nearly 19 percent in 2009 as the recreational vehicle industry saw orders plummet. Though the RV industry is recovering, places like Syracuse have lost half of their manufacturing jobs.

The Goshen News reports things are looking up thanks to a better understanding of the need for a diverse industrial base and an educated workforce.

Companies are training employees to improve their skills, and community leaders are working to boost tourism to expand revenue sources.

Nappanee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Kitson says the area feels better able to handle an economic downturn now. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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