Workforce in Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana

Labor Availability & Underemployment

A quality workforce is key to any new or expanding operation. In order to quantify the extent to which both unemployment and underemployment exists in Delaware County, The Pathfinders Group was retained to provide an objective view of the quality, availability, costs, experience, and skills that a new or expanding employer can access in the East Central Indiana region.

The Pathfinders reports, released in May 2017 and cover the Central area of East Central Indiana and the Southwestern area of East Central Indiana, are available for download. Key findings include:

  • The East Central Indiana area has a sizable population of individuals who are working, but desire better jobs, and appear to possess the skills, education, and experience to qualify for those better jobs. A new or expanding employer will be able to attract employees from an additional pool of about 54,000 underemployed workers.
  • Survey results indicate that the underemployed workers in the labor shed have high levels of experience and skills in office operations and warehousing/logistics.

Indiana Right to Work

In 2012, Indiana became the 23rd state to pass a right-to-work law. Right-to-work protects employees from being required to join and pay dues to a labor union as a condition of obtaining or keeping a job.

Workforce Development

The Economic Development Alliance maintains a close partnership with the local WorkOne office to ensure that growing companies are able to find the talent they need. WorkOne provides a variety of services related to recruitment needs, employer incentives, custom training, skills certifications, and labor market information. 

Workforce Data

The Department of Workforce Development partners with Hoosiers by the Numbers to provide the most up-to-date information on:

Delaware County Workforce Data

East Central Indiana Regional Workforce Data (Region 6)

Delaware County Wage Information

Labor and Business Relations

Commuting Patterns


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Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Officer, President/CEO
Jay is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Marion, IN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 1979. Jay joined the Muncie Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2009. Julian is the former Executive Director of Development Services with City of Marion, IN. Prior to this, he was the Planning Director for the City of Anderson, IN. Jay has received awards for IACT Economic Recovery, Historic Preservation Commission Award, and Indiana Black Expo Chairman’s Award.
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Traci Lutton
Vice President, Economic Development
In her role at the Economic Development Alliance, Ms. Lutton leverages economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Lutton markets the community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to private investors, corporations, and site selectors through recruitment trips, website, tradeshows and other methods. Traci has knowledge and experience with a range of site selection and development services.
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Ashley Surpas
Economic Development Project Manager
Ashley Surpas, from Muncie, Indiana, came to the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in July of 2012 after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Executive Development for Public Service. Surpas volunteers with Project Leadership in Delaware County and serves on the Anderson-Muncie Public Transportation Coalition.
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Erin Williamson
Economic Development Coordinator
Erin Williamson joined the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in November 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. Erin was born and raised in Muncie and has a passion for community and local business. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, being in nature, and spending time with loved ones.