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Economic Growth Region 1 Analysis

EGR 1 consists of Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties.

Recent Publications


Job Demand

Fourth Quarter 2017

Unemployment Claimant Profile

Fourth Quarter 2017

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Quick Stats

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846,678 Population (EGR 1)
5.0 Unemployment Rate (EGR 1)
$35.0 billion Personal Income (EGR 1)
$20.54 Average Wage (Gary Division)
$16.12 Median Wage (Gary Division)
269,800 Nonfarm Employment (Gary Division)
$18.78 Average Wage (Michigan City–La Porte MSA)
$15.15 Median Wage (Michigan City–La Porte MSA)
39,700 Nonfarm Employment (Michigan City–La Porte MSA)
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Contact your regional analyst

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Kathy Jaworski

Email: kjaworski@dwd.in.gov
Phone: (219) 841-6347
Fax: (219) 762-1052

Portage, IN 46368

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Top 10 Occupation Clusters by Growth
(2014-2024 long-term projections)

  1. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
  2. Health diagnosing and treating practitioners
  3. Healthcare support occupations
  4. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  5. Food and beverage serving workers
  6. Sales and related occupations
  7. Office and administrative support occupations
  8. Construction and extraction occupations
  9. Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations
  10. Transportation and material moving occupations

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on projections base year employment)

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Health care and social assistance
  3. Retail trade
  4. Accommodation and food services
  5. Educational services
  6. Construction
  7. Transportation and warehousing
  8. Administrative and waste services
  9. Other services, except public administration
  10. Wholesale trade

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)

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  1. Franciscan St Margaret Health
  2. Community Hospital
  3. Horseshoe Casino
  4. Harrah's East Chicago Casino
  5. Methodist Hospital Northlake
  6. Ameristar Casino Hotel
  7. Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa
  8. Ameristar Casinos Inc
  9. Majestic Star Casino & Hotel
  10. Franciscan St Anthony Health

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Major Educational Institutions

Indiana University Northwest Four-year Gary
Purdue University - Calumet Four-year Hammond
Purdue University - North Central Four-year Westville
Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest Two-year Gary
Calumet College of Saint Joseph Independent Whiting
College of Court Reporting, Inc Independent Hobart
Kaplan College - Hammond Independent Hammond
Kaplan College - Merrillville Independent Merrillville
Valparaiso University Independent Valparaiso

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Helpful Regional Tools and Resources


EGR 1 IN Depth Regional Profile

At-a-glance details about the region's population, labor force, housing and more.


County Highlights

Get a snapshot of critical population and workforce statistics for each county in the region.

Indiana Career Ready INDemand Jobs

Find job postings and training for the jobs that are both high wage and high demand.


Regional Labor Mix

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Regional Commuting

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Labor Force Projections

These are the official labor force projections to 2040 released in November 2012 by the Indiana Business Research Center.

Manufacturing Quick Print Tool

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Regional links

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