Why focus on employability?

It’s the mission of Forward Wayne County to attract talent through quality of place initiatives and strengthen our current and future workforce through upskilling and development. The bottom line is Wayne County cannot thrive without a skilled workforce. The percent of Wayne County residents that participate in the workforce is well below the national average. Our goals include increasing the percentage of residents working, the average personal per capita income and household median income.

How will we achieve our goals?

To achieve our aggressive goals we formed the Employability Coalition in 2019. This collaborative effort with our local high schools, colleges, employers, Chamber of Commerce, EDC, and others will move the dial forward on connecting our residents to opportunities and developing the talent we currently have.

The Coalition is working on two key strategies; Talent Connection and Talent Development to increase local internships, increase awareness of the programs available to develop and upskill our current and future workforce, and more. In addition to these two strategies, the Coalition will participate in East Central Indiana’s Talent Collaborative as part of the State’s 21st Century Talent Region.

Employability Rate


Labor Force Participation Rate in the United States averaged 62.87 percent from 1948 until 2020.

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