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EGR 8 consists of Brown, Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen counties.

Economic Growth Region 8 Analysis

EGR 8 is located in scenic south-central Indiana, in the middle of rolling terrain and beautiful natural areas.

The region was historically the center of limestone extraction in the United States, with quarries in Bloomington, Bedford and Ellettsville, to name a few. The industry was so important to the region that it came to be known as the “Stone Belt,” which extends north to Putnam County and south through Owen, Monroe, Lawrence and Orange counties. Some of the most famous limestone structures in the world were built using Indiana limestone, including the National Cathedral, Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and 35 of the 50 state capitol buildings across the U.S.

Today, the region’s industrial base includes education, health care, manufacturing and tourism. The flagship campus of Indiana University, IU–Bloomington, enrolls over 40,000 students and is the largest employer in the region. The tourism industry is also significant, with the historic French Lick Springs Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel, as well as world-renowned golf courses by Pete Dye and Donald Ross, located in Orange County.

The region’s other major employers include the Cook Group, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Boston Scientific Corporation and NAVSEA Crane. The region’s educational institutions are IU Bloomington and Ivy Tech.

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315,998 Population (EGR 8)
4.1 Unemployment Rate (EGR 8)
$16.9 billion Personal Income (EGR 8)
$27.54 Average Wage (Bloomington MSA)
$22.05 Median Wage (Bloomington MSA)
81,500 Nonfarm Employment (Bloomington MSA)
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Major Grants Received

  • JAG Expansion – $437,926
  • Workforce Ready Grant (WRG)
    – $434,000
  • Performance Support Grant
    – $485,284
  • NLJ - Employer Training Grant
    – $970,000

Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2021-2031 long-term projections)

  1. Healthcare support occupations
  2. Personal care and service occupations
  3. Computer and mathematical occupations
  4. Legal occupations
  5. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  6. Life, physical, and social science occupations
  7. Community and social services occupations
  8. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
  9. Business and financial operations occupations
  10. Education, training, and library occupations

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

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2023 annual average employment)

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Educational Services
  3. Health Care and Social Services
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Retail Trade
  6. Public Administration
  7. Construction
  8. Professional, Scientific, Technical
  9. Transportation & Warehousing
  10. Other Services (Except Public Administration)

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)

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  • Indiana University
  • Cook Group Inc.
  • Catalent
  • IU Health Bloomington Hospital
  • French Lick Spring Resort
  • Boston Scientific Corp.
  • West Baden Springs Hotel
  • GM Powertrain
  • Crane Army Ammunition Activity
  • Baxter Biopharma Solutions

About the data

Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated October 2023 to include local insights.

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Major Educational Institutions

Indiana University Bloomington Four-year Bloomington
Ivy Tech - Bloomington Two-year Bloomington

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 8

Name Population in 2022 Percent of region County
Bloomington 79,107 25.0% Monroe
Bedford 13,897 4.4% Lawrence
Washington 12,171 3.9% Daviess
Ellettsville 6,657 2.1% Monroe
Linton 5,162 1.6% Greene
Mitchell 3,940 1.2% Lawrence
Paoli 3,601 1.1% Orange
Loogootee 2,592 0.8% Martin
Spencer 2,466 0.8% Owen
Bloomfield 2,293 0.7% Greene

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates

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Helpful Regional Tools and Resources

EGR 8 IN Depth Regional Profile

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County Highlights

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Regional Labor Mix

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Labor Force Projections

These are the official labor force projections to 2050 released in November 2018 by the Indiana Business Research Center.


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Regional Links

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