Indiana Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 169,730 employers, up 1.5% from 167,158
  • 3,047,858 employees, up 1.6% from 3,000,862
  • $963 average weekly wage, up 0.9% from $954
  • The average weekly wage is 18.7% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.9% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 2,572, which is an increase of 1.5%. The number of employees in Indiana increased by 46,996, an increase of 1.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $9, an increase of 0.9%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 2,574 or 1.6%. Growth in private businesses in Indiana grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 44,141 or 1.7%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Indiana was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $9 or 0.9%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Indiana grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Retail trade with 12.2% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 0.9%. Professional services (11.6%), which increased by 6.6% and Construction (9.2%), which increased by 3.7%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information21710.5%
Professional services1,2276.6%
Transport and warehousing3796.6%
Real estate and rental3836.0%
Manufacturing4355.0%
Educational services764.0%
Waste services3703.9%
Arts and entertainment863.8%
Construction5513.7%
Healthcare5083.7%
Agriculture and forestry673.6%
Finance and insurance3243.2%
Utilities132.8%
Accommodation and food services2802.1%
Other services1961.5%
Retail trade1870.9%
Company management100.8%
Wholesale trade780.6%
Mining and oil extraction-2-0.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Manufacturing with 17.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.1% in the last year. Healthcare (13.5%), increased by 1.9% and Retail trade (10.4%), decreased by 0.2%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction7,2265.6%
Agriculture and forestry5824.2%
Transport and warehousing5,3904.1%
Real estate and rental1,2453.6%
Other services2,7043.1%
Professional services3,4332.9%
Wholesale trade3,3552.8%
Educational services1,3282.6%
Accommodation and food services5,9472.3%
Arts and entertainment8392.2%
Company management6832.0%
Healthcare7,4941.9%
Manufacturing5,8331.1%
Finance and insurance9251.0%
Utilities-21-0.1%
Retail trade-779-0.2%
Waste services-781-0.4%
Mining and oil extraction-30-0.5%
Information-1,152-3.8%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,539per week compared with the state average of $972. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $41 or 1.6%. Utilities ($2,255), rose by $106 or 4.9% and Finance and insurance ($1,639) declined by $39 or 2.3% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$1158.7%
Arts and entertainment$416.1%
Utilities$1064.9%
Healthcare$262.9%
Transport and warehousing$192.2%
Waste services$132.1%
Retail trade$91.7%
Company management$411.6%
Professional services$211.6%
Accommodation and food services$41.3%
Construction$121.1%
Educational services$71.0%
Other services$50.8%
Information$90.7%
Wholesale trade$50.4%
Real estate and rental$-3-0.3%
Manufacturing$-7-0.5%
Agriculture and forestry$-6-0.8%
Finance and insurance$-39-2.3%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Indiana. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.2% of the businesses in the state (with 10,577 employing 223,342 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 253 more businesses, an increase of 2.5% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (2.8% of businesses) added 360 businesses, an increase of 8.2% and Management consulting services (2.2% of businesses) added 438 businesses, an increase of 13.3% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Health and welfare funds6300.0%
Footwear manufacturing3100.0%
Securities and commodity exchanges2100.0%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing375.0%
Construction machinery manufacturing964.3%
Other specialized design services1155.0%
Broilers and meat type chicken production250.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management consulting services43813.3%
Computer systems design and related services3608.2%
Restaurants and other eating places2532.5%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers22312.6%
Residential building construction1404.2%
General freight trucking long-distance1186.1%
Other insurance related activities9822.9%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (2.8% of employees) added 360 employees, an increase of 8.2% and Management consulting services (2.2% ofemployees) added 438 employees, an increase of 13.3% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Cable and other subscription programming34153.8%
Footwear merchant wholesalers3673.2%
Broilers and meat type chicken production1170.4%
Construction machinery manufacturing35264.6%
Support activities for forestry2359.7%
Farm product warehousing and storage4358.0%
Refrigerated warehousing and storage92346.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places4,7682.2%
Computer systems design and related services1,8977.2%
General warehousing and storage1,8844.7%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,6021.4%
Landscaping services1,31412.0%
Management consulting services1,1397.6%
Colleges and universities1,0894.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($3) and Management consulting services ($2) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $360 more per week, an increase of 8.2% and Management consulting services ($2 per week) were paid $438 more per week, an increase of 13.3% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other financial vehicles$717184.3%
Commodity contracts dealing$77862.7%
Credit card issuing$76852.6%
Directory and mailing list publishers$39840.8%
Natural gas distribution$78339.1%
Oil and gas pipeline construction$46930.9%
Reinsurance carriers$92429.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Reinsurance carriers$92429.1%
Natural gas distribution$78339.1%
Commodity contracts dealing$77862.7%
Credit card issuing$76852.6%
Other financial vehicles$717184.3%
Oil and gas pipeline construction$46930.9%
Directory and mailing list publishers$39840.8%


Company Size

Indiana Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Indiana. 54.9% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 154,732 small businesses in the state represent 94.3% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Indiana added 2,574 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.6% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 2,452 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 107 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.2% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 15 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.5% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Indiana Employees by Business Size

Indiana added 132,422 employees in the last year, an increase of 5.3% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 74,795 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 93.6% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 15,269 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 1.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 42,358 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 8.7% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Indiana Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Indiana workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Indiana (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 3.0% less than the national average ($976 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Indiana (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 22.7% workers below the national average ($1,559 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $42 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.3% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $28 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $21 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 0.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.