Workforce

Wayne County has more commuters that come to Wayne County to work than leave the county to work making Wayne County our region’s employment center. The region identified in the table below puts Wayne County geographically in the center of our neighboring counties, however, more details on our labor shed can be found below that demonstrates our regional labor shed is much larger.

Data Wayne County Region Wayne County Indianapolis Dayton Cincinnati Indiana Ohio United States
Per Capita Personal Income $41,429* $42,857 $56,751 $49,161 $56,033 $48,657 $50,546 $56,490
Median Household Income $50,983 $47,885 $49,661 $33,116 $46,260 $57,603 $58,642 $65,712
Feb 2021 Unemployment Rate 4.83% 4.7% 4.5% 5.1% 4.2% 4% 5% 6.2%
Union Membership N/A 3.6% N/A N/A N/A 5.8% 7.1% 10.8%
Labor Force 123,157 30,881 1,047,594 64,226 163,075 3,382,491 5,965,597 162,793,000

*represented as an average of the following counties: Darke (OH), Fayette, Henry, Preble (OH), Randolph, Union, and Wayne 

Sources: Stats Indiana – 2019 Per Capita Personal Income and Median Household Income; United States Census – 2019 Labor Force, Ohio Per Capita Personal Income, Ohio Median Household Income; UnionStats – Private / % Members, 2020 data; Hoosier by the Numbers – Unemployment Feb 2021, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Ohio County Unemployment Feb 2021, US Bureau of Labor Statistics – 2021 City Unemployment

 

2020 Wage and Benefit Survey

Survey of East Central Indiana Companies

 

Labor Market Overview

This includes detailed commuter data and Wayne County’s labor shed from a 15, 30, 45, and 60 mile radius. 

Recent Expansions and Layoffs/Closures Affecting 20+ Positions

Recent expansions (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
ITD Engineering 2021 6 Fabrication and Welding
Phillips Tube Group 2020 30 Welded Steel Tube Manufacturer
Element 13 2020 30 Aluminum Billet Manufacturer
Purina Animal Nutrition 2019 5 Animal Food Processing
TBK America 2019 5 Oil and Water Truck Pumps
Smith Foods 2019 34 Dairy Processor
DAK America 2019 30 Plastic Recycling
Holland Colours 2019 20 Plastic Colorant Manufacturer
Elevator Equipment 2019 20 Elevator Manufacturer
Omen Castings 2019 200 Aluminum Casting for Automotives
Sugar Creek Packing Co. 2018 150 Food Processor
Dot Transportation 2017 36 Food Redistributor
Osborn International 2017 47 Wire Brush Manufacturer
TBK America 2017 21 Oil and Water Truck Pumps
Vandor Corporation 2017 30 Funeral Products, Plastics
Blue Buffalo Co. 2016 165 Pet Food
Omen Castings 2016 100 Aluminum Casting for Automotives
Grafcor Inc. 2015 33 Industrial Printing
Osborn International 2015 37 Surface Treatment Solutions & Finishing Tools
Janesville Acoustics 2015 87 Acoustical and Thermal Fiber Insulation
Recent Layoffs/Closures (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
JMC Distribution 2020 12 Warehouse and Distribution
Mosey Manufacturing 2020 230 Auto-Component Manufacturing
Qualitronics 2020 30 Wire Harness Manufacturing
Matthews Aurora 2019 122 Casket Manufacturer
Autocar 2017 70 – layoff Terminal Tractors & Yard Trucks
Janesville Acoustics 2017 70 Fiber Insulation for Automotives
MEG 2016 30 Department Store Fixture Manufacturer
Paul Casket 2016 40 Casket Manufacturer
Dayton Hooven 2016 20 Label Manufacturer
CR England 2015 35 Truck Driving School
Optical Disc Solutions 2015 40 Compact Disc Manufacturer

 

Wayne County Annual Industry Distribution of Jobs and Average Wages – 2019

Industry Establishments Jobs % Dist. Wage Per Job
Total 1,410 31,004 100% $40,397
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting 14 521 1.68% $33,797
Mining 3 26 0.08% $47,770
Utilities 5 96 0.3% $79,287
Construction 110 1,088 3.5% $41,655
Manufacturing 108 5,736 18.5% $52,193
Wholesale Trade 71 723 2.33% $54,976
Retail Trade 237 3,663 11.81% $26,915
Transportation & Warehousing 52 873 2.81% $49,166
Information 16 261 0.84% $34,725
Finance & Insurance 96 871 2.8% $62,734
Real Estate, Rental, & Leasing 46 266 0.85% $38,306
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 94 512 1.65% $45,293
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5 252 0.81% $78,234
Admin. & Support & Waste Mgt. & Rem. Services 77 1,576 5.08% $28,115
Educational Services 21 2,957 9.53% $35,389
Health Care and Social Services 155 6,202 20% $49,880
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 21 191 0.61% $19,721
Accommodation and Food Services 138 2,781 8.96% $16,069
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 107 1,184 3.81% $22,860
Public Administration 34 1,226 3.95% $42,308

Source: JobsEQ, 2019

 

Right-To-Work

A right-to-work law is a statute in the United States of America that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees’ membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. “Right-to-work” laws do not, as the short phrase might suggest, aim to provide a general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers, or requiring employees to pay a fee to unions that have negotiated the labor contract the workers work under.