The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Wed Jun 22, 2016
ELKHART, Indiana — Several RV manufacturers are having a hard time finding qualified workers to staff their plants with Elkhart County's unemployment rate around 3.5 percent. Some notable RV makers in the area have been complaining about the issue to the Elkhart Area Chamber of Commerce, saying this is a huge issue.
Kyle Hannon, president of the chamber, says as a result, numerous positions at Elkhart County RV plants simply aren't being filled. He hears from manufacturers from a variety of industries in the county who are trying to expand or even just meet demand, but there aren't enough workers to do so.
To widen the applicant pool, the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County has launched a social media ad campaign connecting area employers who post job listings online with job seekers across the country. Ads from local companies seeking workers appear in front of people in areas with high unemployment and a significant amount of skilled manufacturing workers as part of the campaign.