2010 East North Central Regional Forecast

Illinois • Indiana • Michigan • Ohio • Wisconsin

Chicago's loss of its Olympics bid and the construction boom it might have sparked is the least of this region's worries. MSAs throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan have double-digit unemployment rates, led by Detroit (17.3%); Flint, Mich. (16.7%); and Rockford, Ill. (14.9%). Michigan's unemployment rate of 15.2 percent leads all states. A towering example of the credit crisis is the gaping hole at the construction site of the Chicago Spire, which at 150 stories would have been the tallest building in North America. Office vacancy rates offer little reason to cheer, with Cleveland (21.5%), Milwaukee (21.7%) and Detroit (29.3%) over the national average. Still, several large projects are underway. Chicago has two large condo towers being built; Indianapolis has the $350 million Parkview Health Center project; and there is a $1 billion uranium enrichment plant under construction in Piketown, Ohio.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Actual Electricians in thousands
M G C
East North Central 285,310 2,514.2 2,949.6 12,172.0
Illinois 27,070 577.1 822.5 3,500.2
Bloomington-Normal, IL 280 5.3 13.2 63.0
Champaign-Urbana, IL 650 9.6 34.1 54.1
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 18,100 331.1 469.1 2,365.6
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 21,420 426.6 553.6 2,753.8
Danville, IL 120 5.4 6.0 14.2
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 1,220 25.9 27.4 108.9
Decatur, IL NA 10.5 5.5 27.7
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 190 4.8 6.5 25.3
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 1,380 58.7 50.1 230.4
Peoria, IL 870 28.1 19.9 110.9
Rockford, IL 680 29.2 16.5 87.9
Springfield, IL 380 3.3 29.1 66.5
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Indiana 15,640 436.0 388.9 1,563.6
Anderson, IN 200 2.8 6.4 25.1
Bloomington, IN 210 8.4 21.6 40.5
Columbus, IN 190 15.3 5.4 18.7
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 590 44.2 7.2 42.1
Evansville, IN-KY 1,340 28.2 18.0 96.1
Fort Wayne, IN 1,140 28.3 18.9 122.5
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 1,940 36.8 34.4 157.8
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 5,370 88.1 114.2 531.7
Kokomo, IN 390 9.6 7.1 21.1
Lafayette, IN 490 15.1 23.4 43.1
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 200 7.7 7.2 24.6
Muncie, IN 140 3.9 10.1 30.6
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 570 17.0 14.3 87.1
Terre Haute, IN 270 10.7 11.6 39.4
Michigan 205,010 441.5 587.6 2,378.7
Ann Arbor, MI 860 12.1 65.1 93.3
Battle Creek, MI 240 11.8 9.3 28.1
Bay City, MI 150 3.3 5.6 23.7
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 3,660 62.1 100.0 449.7
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 9,740 180.8 197.6 1,159.2
Flint, MI 790 6.7 21.2 87.7
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,050 59.3 31.8 222.4
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 570 29.6 12.2 47.0
Jackson, MI 190 7.7 9.0 30.7
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 660 19.4 20.7 80.3
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 1,050 15.5 59.1 118.2
Monroe, MI 210 4.2 5.1 21.7
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 290 10.8 8.4 36.8
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 160 11.9 8.8 33.6
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 510 9.0 11.0 53.9
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metro Division 6,080 118.7 97.6 709.5
Ohio 24,910 613.7 753.5 3,134.1
Akron, OH 1,710 39.2 46.0 202.0
Canton-Massillon, OH 740 27.8 19.6 101.2
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 4,950 101.7 123.7 633.9
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 4,640 119.6 137.4 636.3
Columbus, OH 3,940 69.6 156.9 580.8
Dayton, OH 1,830 39.9 62.7 240.9
Lima, OH 230 7.6 6.9 27.4
Mansfield, OH 260 10.5 8.2 29.7
Sandusky, OH 220 5.1 5.4 25.3
Springfield, OH 70 6.2 7.2 31.0
Toledo, OH 1,340 37.2 45.0 178.2
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 220 6.6 6.1 23.1
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 470 25.5 28.7 139.5
Wisconsin 12,680 445.9 397.1 1,595.4
Appleton, WI 1,540 21.8 10.9 67.4
Eau Claire, WI 190 10.4 10.9 50.6
Fond du Lac, WI 150 9.5 5.7 24.6
Green Bay, WI 690 28.9 19.5 91.4
Janesville, WI 460 9.7 8.9 37.3
La Crosse, WI-MN 240 8.8 9.5 46.1
Madison, WI 1,530 29.6 78.5 198.7
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,590 116.4 89.7 507.0
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 410 23.3 13.4 47.8
Racine, WI 270 17.7 9.4 42.1
Sheboygan, WI 360 21.1 5.8 29.9
Wausau, WI 380 16.2 6.8 36.5

Metro areas are metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) unless otherwise noted.

Metro Div. — Metropolitan Division NECTA — New England city and town area NA — Not available

Electrician employment for May 2008 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

M — Manufacturing employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

C — Commercial account employees (professional and business services, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, and other services) for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

G — Government employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics