Participants have been divided into two categories: Manufacturing and Distribution and Non-manufacturing, and further divided by size. Large manufactures have annual sales of at least $100 million; medium manufacturers have annual sales of at least $20 million and up to $100 million; small manufacturers have sales less than $20 million. Large non-manufacturers have at least 200 employees while small manufacturers have fewer than 200 employees.
Participation in the survey is voluntary. While the report accurately reflects data given by participants, it does not claim to be a statistically accurate report of all benefits practices in the region.
The publication includes a report of wages. It begins with wage data published by Emsi Burning Glass and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to deliver a comprehensive 2021 Wages and Benefits Report for the South Bend - Elkhart region. The wage report gives an average mean pay wage, 25% pay wage, medium pay wage and 75% pay wage for over 350 occupations. The report also highlights average annual wages for Regional Industry Clusters in the South Bend - Elkhart region and the United States.
Benefits reports express typical average practices since averages may be skewed by numbers that are significantly higher or lower than what is most common.
The report also includes a supplemental data section providing information about work and labor force in the region. The mobility of workforce is illustrated by county commuting pattern reports. Each section also reports union representation and anticipated hiring, layoff, and wage activity for 2021 and 2022. This analysis was supported by the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership and Braun Analytics.
Community partners include the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Fulton Economic Development Corp, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, LaPorte Economic Alliance Partnership, LaPorte County Office of Community and Economic Development, Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, and the South Bend Regional Chamber.