Top five counties sending workers INTO La Porte County:

County Sending Workers Workers
Porter County 3,252
Lake County 1,034
St. Joseph County 909
Starke County 583
Michigan 517
Total of above 6,295

Top five counties receiving workers FROM La Porte County:

County Receiving Workers Workers
Porter County 3,614
St. Joseph County 2,022
Lake County 1,789
Michigan 726
Illinois 664
Total of above 8,815

Concentration of Workers Compared to Various MSAs

NAICS 31-33
MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing is growing as an industry cluster in the Michigan City-La Porte MSA. While many metropolitan areas experienced a permanent loss of manufacturing jobs in recent years, employers in the Michigan City-LaPorte MSA are hiring. The concentration of manufacturing workers is twice the base area of the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA.

Concentration of Workers Compared to Various MSAs

NAICS 237 HEAVY AND CIVIL
ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION

The Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction subsector took a hit in 2008 but has since recovered and continues to grow in comparison to other area MSAs with more than 300% greater concentration of workers than the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA, the Kankakee-Bradley, IL MSA and the Niles-Benton Harbor, MI MSA.

Concentration of Workers Compared to Various MSAs

NAICS 311
FOOD MANUFACTURING

The food manufacturing industry has always had a strong presence in the Michigan City-La Porte MSA and continues to grow as an industry cluster. In particular, baked goods, cookie and candy manufacturing industries are all strongly rooted here.

Concentration of Workers Compared to Various MSAs

NAICS 493
WAREHOUSE AND STORAGE

Warehousing and Storage is enjoying the growth of manufacturing and related sectors in the Michigan City-La Porte MSA, with almost 60 percent higher concentration of workers than the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA.

La Porte-Michigan City Metro Area

Information Number
Total population 111,281
Median age (years) 40.1
Percent high school grad or higher 86.5%
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 17.3%
Median household income (dollars) 46,610
Per capita personal income (dollars) 33,397
Labor force (persons) 48,905
Unemployment Rate (2012) 7.5%

Top Employers

Business Name
Blue Chip
Franciscan – St. Anthony
IU Health La Porte Hospital
Sullair
Hearthside
Alcoa Howmet
Sullivan Palatek
Vanair
CVG – Sprague Devices
Weil-McLain
AeroMetals
Horizon Bank
TP Orthodontics
American Licorice
American Renolit
Fas Pak
ATI Castings
Nash Finch
Monosol