SOUTH BEND - South Bend, Ind. -- The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership has released its 2019 Wages & Benefits Report. The data shows more than 80 percent of employers added workers in the last six months, with 63 percent  planning further employment growth next year. 

The survey collected the compensation practices and policies of 98 employers representing nearly 30,000 employees in the 7-county region served by the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership. 

Employers in industries spanned the manufacturing, medical, logistics, financial and education industries. Companies with annual sales of hundreds of millions of dollars and others with only a few employees participated in the survey. 

"The diversity of participants and the wide geographic range make the survey and report a valuable tool supporting the partnership's work attracting new investment to the region while supporting growth of existing employers," said Regina Emberton, president and chief executive officer of the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership. "The survey helps us demonstrate the South Bend - Elkhart Region's competitive workforce advantages for employers." 

The survey also collected data about benefits packages and policies including health care costs paid by employers and employees, retirement benefits, training, vacation and other employment perks. 

To view the full report, click here