Monthly Archives: August 2016

Hoosier Manufacturing Outlook Strong, But Skills Shortage Grows

A University of Indianapolis associate professor of finance says while the outlook for Indiana's manufacturing sector is bright, there is a dark cloud that threatens the industry. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Matt Will said Hoosier manufacturers all say the same thing: "I need STEM workers, people with math skills and technology…
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Indiana #2 Nationwide for Advanced Industry Jobs

A new national report shows Indiana moved up to second place nationwide with jobs tied to advanced industries. The Brookings Institution findings show more than 365,000 Hoosier jobs are directly tied to the advanced industry sector.

The largest contributors are:

  • Motor Vehicle Parts
  • Motor Vehicle Body & Trailers
  • Computer Systems Design fields
  • Iron and Steel Products
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies

"America's Advanced Industries: New Trends" details 50 industries within the sector. In last year's report, Indiana ranked third in work force share and rose this year to second.

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Chief Executive Officer David Johnson says "most of the 50 advanced industry sectors line up squarely with the CICP's sector initiatives - agriculture innovation, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and logistics, energy technology and information technology - so we are in a unique position to seize opportunities for these high-growth and high-pay areas.

Chart of Indiana ranking in advanced industry employment

Courtesy: Brookings Institution and Central Indiana Corporate Partnership

The report emphasizes that the continued growth of these advanced industry companies is critical to ensure prosperity for our citizens and companies, both locally and nationwide. CICP's innovation and talent focus is uniquely positioned to advance the development in these key industries."

Brookings says the sector in Indiana produces $74.3 billion for the region, accounting for more than 25 percent of all output in the region. Wages connected to advanced industries, the study says, pay an average of nearly $72,000 per year, compared to all other industries, which pay an average annual salary of just over $44,000. According to the study, nearly 12 percent of all jobs in the region are related to advanced industries.