Labor Pool

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Distribution Household Density

The Dayton Region has a vast labor pool capable of sustaining a large number of major distribution operations. The city and surrounding towns have a blue collar past, and its tradition of hardworking residents continues to this day. The Dayton Region has a higher than average concentration of households fitting the ideal characteristics for careers in distribution. 96,000 households within this demographic are within a 30-minute commute of an ideal site for a logistics operation near downtown Dayton, and over 240,000 such households are within a 60-minute commute of the site. These populations are expected to increase at a moderate rate over the coming years, meaning the Dayton Region can continue to provide a qualified and sustainable distribution workforce for years to come.


Manufacturing Household Density

The Dayton Region has a rich history of manufacturing. That tradition continues today; Dayton’s workers deliver some of the best value and quality in advanced and traditional manufacturing anywhere in America. The Dayton Region is home to 44,289 households with demographic characteristics ideal for a manufacturing workforce, all within a 30-minute commute of ideal manufacturing sites. Within a 60-minute commute, there are 131,526 households that are demographically aligned to manufacturing work. The neighborhoods South and Southwest of the I-70/I-75 intersection offer particularly high populations of target manufacturing households. The number of households with characteristics best aligned to a manufacturing workforce is expected to continue growing in the coming years.


Distribution Wage Rates

In addition to its ideal location, available workforce and industrial real estate, the Dayton Region offers distribution firms some of the most favorable wage rates in the United States. Private sector unionization in the region is low as well, 5.2% vs the national average of 6.6%. Wage rates in Dayton for warehouse workers, material handlers, order fillers, packer/shippers, forklift operators and truck drivers all fall below the U.S. average, according to the Economic Research Institute. Notably, wage rates for the Dayton Region almost uniformly beat wage rates for neighboring cities as well. In addition to being economically advantageous to businesses, the available workforce is also well-positioned to be trained for new technical careers and located within miles of a major trade corridor.