Workforce

The Wayne County region has a larger workforce than Dayton, Ohio and almost as big as Cincinnati, Ohio. Wayne County’s commuting region consists of Henry, Randolph, Fayette, and Union counties as well as Preble, Darke and surrounding counties in Ohio.

Data Wayne County Region Wayne County Indianapolis Dayton Cincinnati Indiana Ohio United States
Mean Hourly Wage $17.25* $18.53 $24.52 $21.48 $25.60 $22.32 $23.35 $26.60
Median Earnings of Workers $27,503* $26,677 $29,930 $19,078 $26,834 $30,810 $31,266 $32,141
Median Household Income $44,425* $41,813 $44,709 $30,128 $36,429 $52,182 $52,407 $57,652
Current Unemployment Rate 4.1% 3.6% 3.5% 4.3% 3.9% 3.4% 4.6% 3.9%
Union Membership N/A 3.6% N/A N/A N/A 7.0% 7.4% 6.4%
Labor Force 125,023 31,319 445,457 64,394 157,460 3,381,713 5,875,255 162,075,000

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

Sources: Mean Hourly Wage – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2017 Annual Average; Median Earnings of Workers and Median Household Income – American FactFinder, American Community Survey 2012-2016 5-Year Estimates; Current Unemployment Rate and Labor Force – Stats Indiana, Labor Force/Unemployment, using BLS data, 2018 Annual Average;  
Union Membership – Unionstats.com, Private / % Members, 2018 data

 

Workforce Availability Report – East Central Indiana Southeastern Region

Analysis of the region’s workforce

 

Wage and Benefit Survey

Survey of East Central Indiana Companies

 

Commuting Patterns

Counties Receiving Workers from Wayne County – 2017
 
County Workers % of Wayne County Labor Force
Ohio (State) 761 1.84%
Henry County 438 1.06%
Fayette County 373 0.90%
Marion County 332 0.80%
Out of State 345 0.83%
Other 1,222 2.95%
Total Commuting Out 3,471 8.38%

 

Counties Sending Workers to Wayne County – 2017

 

County Workers % of Wayne County Workforce
Ohio (State) 1,274 2.97%
Fayette County 766 1.76%
Randolph County 754 1.78%
Union County 573 1.34%
Henry County 512 1.19%
Other 1,063 2.48%
Total Commuting In 4,942 11.52%

Source: STATS Indiana

Recent Expansions and Layoffs/Closures Affecting 20+ Positions

Recent Expansions (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
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
Main Street 2014 100 Medical Rehabilitation
Dot Transportation 2014 35 Food Redistributor
Vandor Corporation 2014 30 Funeral Products, Plastics
Berry Plastics 2014 50 Plastic Container Manufacturer
Recent Layoffs/Closures (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
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 – 2018

Industry Establishments Jobs % Dist. Wage Per Job
Total 1,414 30,547 100% $39,042
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting 13 217 0.7% $33,216
Mining 3 24 0.1% $44,413
Utilities 5 53 0.2% $128,101
Construction 109 807 2.6% $43,471
Manufacturing 110 5,905 19.3% $49,484
Wholesale Trade 69 824 2.7% $50,884
Retail Trade 238 3,793 12.4% $24,560
Transportation & Warehousing 55 751 2.5% $54,675
Information 17 263 0.9% $33,366
Finance & Insurance 95 891 2.9% $51,859
Real Estate, Rental, & Leasing 42 137 0.4% $34,601
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 97 0 0.0% $0
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5 0 0.0% $0
Admin. & Support & Waste Mgt. & Rem. Services 79 1,891 6.2% $28,885
Educational Services 20 2,169 7.1% $34,634
Health Care and Social Services 149 5,918 19.4% $48,633
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 21 158 0.5% $18,607
Accommodation and Food Services 141 2,931 9.6% $15,716
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 116 693 2.3% $25,482
Public Administration 34 981 3.2% $38,678

Source: Stats America, US Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS)

 

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 conditio5n 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.

 

Workforce Educational Attainment

Level Wayne County Region Wayne County Indianapolis Dayton Cincinnati Indiana Ohio United States
High School Grad or higher 87.3% 85.5% 85.5% 83% 86.8% 88.3% 89.8% 87.3%
Associate Degree 8.4% 8.6% 7.1% 9.5% 7.3% 8.5% 8.5% 8.3%
Bachelors Degree or higher 15.4% 18.2% 29.7% 17.7% 34.6% 25.3% 27.2% 30.9%
Graduate Degree 5.7% 7.5% 10.5% 6.7% 14.7% 9.2% 10.2% 11.8%

Source: American FactFinder, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Population 25 Years+