Transportation Boosting NE Indiana Economy

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Northeast Indiana Works' September Labor Market Information report suggests jobs in transportation equipment manufacturing and fabricated metal products are leading the economic recovery. It shows jobs in transportation are up 64 percent since 2009. September 30, 2014

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Jobs in transportation equipment manufacturing and fabricated metal product manufacturing have led the way in northeast Indiana's recovery from the recession, according to the September Labor Market Information report released by Northeast Indiana Works.

Most economists have said the recession technically ended in June 2009. In the five years since, regional job growth has been significantly augmented by the manufacturing and health care industries, according to figures supplied by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Jobs in transportation equipment manufacturing have risen 64 percent since 2009, or from 11,049 to 18,081. Other top employment gainers: fabricated metal product manufacturing, 37 percent, from 8,843 to 12,136; administrative and support services, 27 percent, from 13,651 to 17,312; private hospitals, 14 percent, from 13,819 to 15,751; and ambulatory health care services, 10 percent, from 12,476 to 13,672.

The transportation equipment manufacturing industry includes motor vehicle manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing and ship and boat building. Ambulatory health care services include physician and dentist offices, outpatient care centers, and home health care services.

Among the occupations within the top five industries showing significant growth across multiple subsectors are team assemblers and registered nurses.

Source: Northeast Indiana Works