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Labor Costs

Overview

Competitive Compensation Rates

The Columbus Region has competitive unionization, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation rates.

Unionization

At 4.7 percent, the unionization rate in the Columbus Region is competitive, as are unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation rates.

In recent years, logistics and automotive operations in surrounding states and southern states, respectively, have seen significant unionization pressures despite their right to work status. The Columbus Region has enjoyed stable employer labor relations with no major union election votes or work stoppages among logistics employers, and local Honda facilities and nearly all of their suppliers have remained union-free for decades.

Unemployment Insurance Tax Cost

State Tax Cost
Georgia 0.48%
Indiana 0.63%
U.S. 0.71%
Kentucky 0.86%
Michigan 0.86%
North Carolina 0.98%
New Jersy 1.16%
Pennsylvania 1.22%
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015

Worker’s Compensation Tax Cost

Production-Related

Workforce Costs for Production Related Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Atlanta 83,226 $15.80
Indianapolis 45,037 $16.40
Greensboro 21,702 $16.86
Greenville 33,698 $16.99
Chicago 204,987 $17.26
Charlotte 47,454 $17.80
Louisville 41,956 $17.98
Birmingham 16,607 $18.05
Nashville 46,274 $18.17
Detroit 118,821 $19.93
Charleston 10,366 $20.92
Source: EMSI, 2017
Transportation and Material Moving

Workforce Costs for Transportation and Material Moving

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Memphis 87,625 $15.79
Indianapolis 93,773 $16.32
Los Angeles 389,712 $16.50
Kansas City 67,433 $16.71
Atlanta 208,393 $16.93
Pittsburgh 68,878 $17.30
Harrisburg 31,824 $17.33
Dallas 258,087 $17.43
Louisville 63,153 $17.60
Chicago 356,170 $17.83
New York 544,886 $18.60
Source: EMSI, 2017
Business Services

Workforce Costs for Business Services Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Memphis 87,625 $15.79
Indianapolis 93,773 $16.32
Los Angeles 389,712 $16.50
Kansas City 67,433 $16.71
Atlanta 208,393 $16.93
Pittsburgh 68,878 $17.30
Harrisburg 31,824 $17.33
Dallas 258,087 $17.43
Louisville 63,153 $17.60
Chicago 356,170 $17.83
New York 544,886 $18.60
Source: EMSI, 2017
Science, Engineering, and IT Occupations

Workforce Costs for Science, Engineering and IT Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Indianapolis 52,258 $34.31
Pittsburgh 63,547 $35.54
Raleigh 49,904 $38.68
Chicago 224,875 $39.20
Austin 91,987 $39.62
Boston 221,524 $44.96
Seattle 201,227 $48.25
Washington D.C. 340,129 $49.09
San Francisco 228,923 $50.08
Source: EMSI, 2017