In the last ten years, manufacturing jobs in the US have been on the decline. However, a handful of states are bucking that trend, and Indiana leads that small group.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal says that no state generated more of its output from manufacturing last year than Indiana, where manufacturing accounted for 30 percent of state GDP. Additionally, the state was the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of both durable and nondurable goods as a percent of total output. The state’s auto industry helped to drive durable goods manufacturing, accounting for 5 percent of Indiana’s output, or nearly $15.5 billion, in 2012. Toyota, Honda, and Subaru all maintain facilities in the state, and auto parts giant Cummins is based in Indiana. More than half of the state’s nondurable goods output in 2012 came from chemical products manufacturing. At 8.9 percent of output, this was the most of any state. In addition to high output, the manufacturing sector accounted for 19 percent of all employees in 2012. Indiana was also one of the largest exporters of manufactured products in the nation in 2012, with $61.9 billion in such exports.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that manufacturing jobs often involve repetitive motion, repeated overhead lifting, high levels of vibration, exposure to hazardous substances and many other conditions that can cause serious injury, time lost from work, permanent impairment and even death.
By the numbers:
(Statistics from the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board)
If you or someone you know has sustained a work-related injury, call us at 317-569-9644. The attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin offer free advice and only charge a fee if you need us. Our fee is set by Indiana law and cannot exceed 20% of the total recovery.
We can help you navigate the deadlines and the forms, and we can help you get the treatment you need and the settlement you deserve.