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Hiring, wages up in Michiana according to South Bend — Elkhart Regional Partnership report

South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership


More than 60 percent of Michiana employers hired workers in the last six months, and 80 percent are planning to hire more this year. That’s according to a new survey of employers by the South Bend — Elkhart Regional Partnership.

In a news release, it said the average annual wage of some workers in local specialized industry clusters — like the RV industry — is higher than the local average private sector wages, and that the region is catching up in specialized industry wages when compared to the national average.


The voluntary survey looked at pay and benefits of 143 employers representing over forty thousand employees in eight counties across northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.


Participants included some of Michiana’s major employers in manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, finance and education.


You can view the full report here.


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Jakob Lazzaro comes to Indiana from Chicago, where he graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and a double major in History. Before joining WVPE, he wrote NPR's Source of the Week e-mail newsletter, and previously worked for CalMatters, Pittsburgh's 90.5 WESA and North by Northwestern.