Manufacturing Employment Trends

Indiana Metro Areas

July 2020 Update

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Manufacturing in Indiana’s metropolitan areas continued to recover in June by adding 11,000 jobs.

Using Localintel’s free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state’s metro areas.  At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on July 17, 2020.

Observation 1

These 5 Indiana metro areas recorded the steepest increase in manufacturing jobs in June 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from May 2020):

Rank Metro Area Change Percentage New Jobs
1Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson5.7% increase+4,600 jobs
2Bloomington4.4% increase+400 jobs
3Columbus4.3% increase+800 jobs
4Elkhart-Goshen4.1% increase+2,200 jobs
5Fort Wayne3.8% increase+1,200 jobs

Observation 2

These 5 Indiana metro areas experienced the largest gains in manufacturing jobs last month (measured by the change in the number of manufacturing jobs from May 2020):

Metro Area New Jobs
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson+4,600 jobs
Elkhart-Goshen+2,200 jobs
Fort Wayne+1,200 jobs
Columbus+800 jobs
Lafayette-West Lafayette+500 jobs

Observation 3

Almost every Indiana metro experienced an increase in manufacturing jobs last month. The only exception was Gary, which had a small loss of 200 jobs.

Observation 4

The 5 Indiana metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) added a combined total of 4,100 manufacturing jobs in June.

Metro Area Location Quotient Change Percentage New Jobs
Elkhart-Goshen5.144.1% increase +2,200 jobs
Columbus4.424.3% increase+800 jobs
Kokomo3.653.4% increase+400 jobs
Michigan City-La Porte2.182.7% increase +200 jobs
Lafayette-West Lafayette2.132.9% increase+500 jobs

Observation 5

The state's 5 largest manufacturing cities generated 75% of all new manufacturing jobs in Indiana’s metros last month.

Metro Area New Jobs
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson +4,600 jobs
Elkhart-Goshen+2,200 jobs
Gary-200 jobs
Fort Wayne+1,200 jobs
Evansville, IN-KY+500 jobs

Observation 6

June’s job growth was another step on the road to recovery for the state’s manufacturing. However, there remain 39,800 fewer manufacturing jobs in Indiana metros than there were in June 2019.

Observation 7

Here’s how Indiana’s recovery compares with the country’s other leading manufacturing states (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from May 2020):

Metro Area Change % New Jobs
Michigan metros:20.2% increase+76,800 jobs
Indiana metros 3.5% increase+11,000 jobs
Illinois metros:3.2% increase +14,600 jobs
Ohio metros 2.9% increase+14,600 jobs
California metros:2.6% increase+30,100 jobs
Wisconsin metros:1.4% increase+4,400 jobs
Texas metros:0.2% increase+1,600 jobs
Want to know more?

Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at www.ecdev.org/Insight/job-tracker. We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ces/. Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/topic/geographic-area-definitions.htm.   

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