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Does Indiana have jobs for Carrier's workers?

Posted: 4:01 AM, May 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-05 23:31:11-04

Does Central Indiana have enough manufacturing jobs to absorb 1,400 laid-off Carrier workers?

When the company announced in February it would shutter its Indianapolis operations and move 1,400 jobs to Monterrey, Mexico, for many, the first response was anger.

As the reality of the move set in, though, the question became more practical: Once my job is gone, where can I work?

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Statewide, there were just under 90,000 open job listings online in the first quarter of the year, according to data provided to Call 6 Investigates by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Of those, 23,574 were located in Marion County. Another 11,189 were listed in the donut counties surrounding Indianapolis.

Courtesy Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Within the 90,000 jobs available statewide, just 4,019 were classified under manufacturing. Another 4,500 listings were in transportation and warehousing – which could appeal to some of Carrier's workers.

Unsurprisingly, most Carrier workers live within either Marion or the surrounding counties.

Below: See where Carrier workers live in Central Indiana

Due to limitations of the available data, however, it was not possible to determine how many manufacturing jobs were available specifically within Central Indiana.

Using data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Call 6 Investigates paired the 57,000 classified job listings with the average annual salary they took home in the first half of 2015.

Of those 57,000 jobs, 77 percent – more than 44,000 – would be expected to pay less than $45,000 a year. More than 23,000 – about 40 percent – pay less than $30,000 a year.

The union that represents Carrier workers says the average wage at the Indianapolis plant was $23/hour, or somewhere in excess of $47,000 per year. 

Manufacturing jobs ranked sixth in availability, but paid an average salary of $62,000 last year. The top listed industry, health care and social assistance, had more than 10,000 listings, but averaged $43,732 a year.

Purely in terms of salary, the data suggests Carrier workers considering a career change should look to professional, scientific and technical services. It ranked fourth overall for openings, with nearly 6,000 listings, and paid an average salary last year of $61,000.

For Carrier workers who are looking to change careers, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has said the $1.2 million in tax breaks the company returned to the city will be used to retrain Carrier workers. The city has also set up a task force to assist in getting them back into the workforce.

CALL 6 | Carrier returns $1.58M in tax breaks to city, state | City, state stepping in to help Carrier employees

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is also offering assistance to Carrier workers. For more information on what services they offer, click here.

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