For the second year in a row, industrial employment in Indiana posted a gain, according to the “2013 Indiana Manufacturers Directory,” an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI) Evanston, Ill. MNI reports Indiana gained 8,020 manufacturing jobs from April 2012 to April 2013 or 1.4%.
Manufacturers’ News reports Indiana is now home to 9,698 manufacturers employing 556,357 workers.
“Indiana’s industrial climate continues to improve,” says Tom Dubin, president of MNI, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state’s reasonable labor costs, friendly business environment, and ideal location for the shipment of goods has resulted in many companies reinvesting in its manufacturing sector, particularly those in the automotive and transportation equipment industries.”
According to the industrial directory, transportation equipment, including recreational vehicles, ranks first in the state for manufacturing employment with 81,567 jobs, up 4.7%. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks second with 69,866 manufacturing jobs, up 1%, while fabricated metals accounts for 55,491 jobs, up 1.2%.
Additional industrial sectors in Indiana that posted gains in employment included instruments/related products, up 5.9%, furniture/fixtures, up 4.9%, and lumber/wood, up 2.6%.
Northeast Indiana accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 144,494 industrial workers, up 2.1%. The East Central region of Indiana accounts for 140,472 jobs, up a half percent over the past 12 months, while the Northwest region accounts for 88,945 jobs, down a half percent. Southwest Indiana saw manufacturing employment increase 3.2% and represents 72,561 of the state’s jobs, while jobs increased 2.4% in Southeast Indiana, with the region currently home to 57,965 industrial workers. West Central Indiana accounts for 51,920 manufacturing jobs, up 2%.
MNI’s city data shows Indianapolis remains the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, home to 73,527 jobs, down a half percent over the survey period. Second-ranked Fort Wayne is home to 25,629 jobs, up 1.7% over the past 12 months. Industrial employment in Elkhart increased 3.2% over the year, with the third-ranked city currently home to 23,259 jobs. Evansville accounts for 16,379 jobs, down 1.6%, while Lafayette is home to 14,274, virtually unchanged over the year.