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 [A] $16.45 $17.46 $23.21 $20.74 $24.46 $21.21 $22.40 $25.42
Median Earnings of Workers [B] $26,702 $25,528 $27,511 $17,662 $25,643 $29,172 $30,060 $30,926
Median Household Income [B] $43,129* $38,494 $41,987 $27,683 $33,604 $49,255 $49,429 $53,889
Current Unemployment Rate [C] 4.6% 4.8% 4.4% 5.8% 4.8% 4.4% 4.9% 4.9%
Union Membership (private) [D] N/A 2.5% N/A N/A N/A 7.9% 7.6% 6.4%
Labor Force [C] 125,906 30,909 443,385 58,100 142,800 3,326,893 5,713,088 159,187,000

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

Sources:
A – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2015 Annual Average; 
B – American FactFinder, American Community Survey 2011-2015 5-Year Estimates;
C – Stats Indiana, Labor Force/Unemployment, using BLS data, 2016 Annual Average;  
D – Unionstats.com, 2016 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 – 2015
 
County Workers % of Wayne County Labor Force
Ohio (State) 738 1.77%
Henry County 462 1.11%
Fayette County 367 0.88%
Marion County 328 0.79%
Out of State 296 0.71%
Total of above 2,191 5.26%

 

Counties Sending Workers to Wayne County – 2015

County Workers % of Wayne County Workforce
Ohio (State) 1,202 2.78%
Randolph County 776 1.80%
Fayette County 763 1.77%
Union County 618 1.43%
Henry County 516 1.19%
Total of above 3,875 8.97%

Source: STATS Indiana

Recent Expansions and Layoffs Affecting 20+ Positions

Recent Expansions (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
Blue Buffalo Co. 2016 165 Pet Food
Omen Casting Group 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
Wolverine Worldwide 2013 184  Customer Service Call Center – Shoes
Finance System of Richmond 2013 43  Collections Call Center
Sugar Creek Packing Co. 2012 400  Food Manufacturer
Recent Layoffs (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
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

 

Wayne County Annual Industry Distribution of Jobs and Average Wages – 2016

Industry Establishments Jobs % Dist. Wage Per Job
Total 1,434 29,943 100% $36,681
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting 15 213 0.7% $30,313
Mining 3 21 0.1% $39,242
Utilities 5 44 0.1% $92,107
Construction 108 650 2.2% $40,731
Manufacturing 110 5,608 18.7% $48,452
Wholesale Trade 69 871 2.9% $46,680
Retail Trade 241 3,884 13.0% $23,715
Transportation & Warehousing 52 789 2.6% $47,246
Information 17 277 0.9% $33,797
Finance & Insurance 91 892 3.0% $44,665
Real Estate, Rental, & Leasing 45 146 0.5% $32,832
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 107 418 1.4% $44,072
Management of Companies and Enterprises 7 274 0.9% $72,096
Admin. & Support & Waste Mgt. & Rem. Services 71 1,819 6.1% $28,011
Educational Services 20 2,217 7.4% $33,559
Health Care and Social Services 152 5,430 18.1% $46,054
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 20 166 0.6% $17,029
Accommodation and Food Services 150 3,082 10.3% $14,740
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 121 670 2.2% $23,614
Public Administration 33 1,116 3.7% $36,272

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 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.

 

Workforce Educational Attainment

Level Wayne County Region Wayne County Indianapolis Dayton Cincinnati Indiana Ohio United States
High School Grad or higher 85.9% 84.0% 84.9% 82.1% 85.8% 87.8% 89.1% 86.7%
Associate Degree 8.0% 7.9% 7.1% 8.9% 7.1% 8.2% 8.2% 8.1%
Bachelors Degree or higher 14.1% 17.4% 28.3% 17.3% 33.1% 24.1% 26.1% 29.8%
Graduate Degree 5.2% 7.2% 9.8% 6.5% 13.6% 8.7% 9.7% 11.2%

Source: American FactFinder, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates