Manufacturing and Labor Market FrictionsThis policy brief describes some of the frictions in the current labor market and focuses on the growing impacts for manufacturing employment and wages in Indiana. Michael J. Hicks and Srikant Devaraj, Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, Produced for Conexus Indiana. 

Roadmap for Manufacturing Education: With support from Lumina Foundation for Education, The Manufacturing Institute presents a special report on the need for new models and different approaches to manufacturing education. The report focuses on the challenges and opportunities as it relates to articulation and transfer of credit between two-year and four-year schools, with an emphasis on embedded industry-recognized certifications.

Best-Performing Cities 2012: Where America's Jobs Are Created and Sustained: The results from the Milken Institute study data-driven, comprehensive measures of economic strength across metropolitan areas, illuminating the job, wage, and technology trends that shape prospects for success.  Three Indiana cites (Gary, Indianapolis-Carmel, and Fort Wayne) were among the "biggest gainers" found in the study. 

2012 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: "Halftime" For Indiana Manufacturing: The results from Katz, Sapper & Miller’s latest study, 2012 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: “Halftime” for Indiana Manufacturing, indicate that Hoosier manufacturers are stronger this year than at any point since the Great Recession, and well positioned to compete in the coming years. 

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways that Pay: This September 2012 Georgtown University Study highlights the importance of Career and Technical Education.  It also highlights the career opportunities availible through the less traditional Career and Technical Education path.

Boiling Point: This September 2011 study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting found that manufacturing companies identified a high-skilled and flexible workforce as the most important factor which will propel their company's future business success. The report also found that nationally there are over 600,000 manufacturing jobs that sit unfilled due to lack of qualified applicants.

Made in America Again: This Boston Consulting Group study released in August, 2011, seems to indicate the lack of qualified middle skill workers will continue to grow as it finds that the offshoring Tide is turning back to the United States driven by increases in labor costs abroad, the total cost savings offshore is shrinking while at the same time quality eroding. With U.S. productivity being at the top, it is only a matter of time before a massive shift of jobs could be looking toward Indiana.

Indiana's Forgotten Middle Skill Jobs: The National Skills Coalition 2010 report found that roughly half of Indiana's jobs require middle skill credentials, yet there is a deficit in middle skill workers which will last for another 15 years if nothing is done to turn the tide.

Pathways to Prosperity: This Harvard study shows how the poor academic completion rate of American students exacerbates the middle skill issue. The study also shows how technical education based on clear pathways designed by industry will stem the tide of high school dropouts and increase post-secondary completion.

The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Pest-Recession Economy: This September, 2011, Georgetown University study by Anthony P. Carnevale and Nicole Smith show that, with 27% of Indiana's real GDP, manufacturing is at the heart of the Hoosier economy, making workforce issues even more critical. Carnevale and Smith write, "Trends in hiring for manufacturing jobs have favored skilled workers with postsecondary credentials in recent years, and that will not change. The days when someone could get a well-paying job in manufacturing with relatively few skills upon entry are long gone - and they aren't coming back.

Indiana's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: Meeting the Demands of a 21st-Centurt Economy: This October 2010 National Skills Coalition study was comissioned by the Skills2Compete-Indiana campaign to assess the skill gaps in Indiana's workforce.  This study examines the current and future state of Indiana's middle-skill jobs as well as the skills required to fill these jobs.  Recommendations on ways to fix the existing and future middle-skills gap are made by this study. 

2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index:  To learn how manufacturing CEOs and other senior leaders view their industry's competitiveness around the world, the Global Manufacturing Industry group of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) and The U.S. Council on Competitiveness (Council) have undertaken a multi-year Global Competitiveness in Manufacturing initiative. The initiative is based, in part, on the responses of more than 400 senior manufacturing executives worldwide to a wide-ranging survey discussing the current business environment and global competitiveness in the manufacturing sector. The study also draws on select interviews with key manufacturing players as well as unique insights provided by the professionals at Deloitte, the Council, and Clemson University.   

The Facts About Modern Manufacturing 8th Edition:  In 2009 the Manufacturing Institute released its eighth installment of The Facts About Modern Manufacturing.  The 8th edition gives a snapshot of the state of the U.S. manufacturing industry.  The study outlines the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. manufacturing and provides relevant data to show how the U.S. manufacturing industry compares to the rest of the world.   


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