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.
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.
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