RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Indiana Union Membership Drops

Fri Jan 26, 2018

Two business news sites, and the New York Times, are reporting on the decrease of union employees in Indiana’s workforce last year, citing statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The federal agency says Indiana's union membership fell 12.5 percent last year, to its lowest level since 2013. Statistics show Indiana had 266,000 dues-paying union members last year, compared to 304,000 in 2016.

A year-to-year comparison shows union workers comprised 8.9 percent of Indiana's workforce last year, down from 10.4 percent in 2016 – the lowest percentage of organized workers since 2006 and potentially the lowest since the 1950s.

Nationally, the number of union workers grew by 262,000 to 14.8 million in 2017, though as a percentage of the total workforce that is organized remained steady at 10.7 percent last year, according to a Lexicology blog. In 1983, union workers comprised about6 20 percent of the national work force.

Across the nation, BLS data show that unionized workers had median earnings of $1,041 a week, compared with $829 a week for nonunion workers, in 2017.

Indiana’s does have a Right-to-Work Act, largely seen as anti-union by union organizers, which may be contributing to the decline.

Read more in the Indiana Business Journal or on the Lexology blog.