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Self-Employed Occupations Drive Indiana's Creative Economy

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has released the first statewide research review of Indiana’s creative economy and employment impact. The complete Indiana Arts Commission Creative Economy Report 2016 was issued on March 27, 2017. The detailed report breaks down the statewide research into the eleven IAC service regions.

Nearly 161,000 Hoosiers are employed in Indiana’s Creative Economy, more people than the population of Indiana’s third largest city. The size of Indiana's creative economy has increased since the Great Recession, but it lags behind the national average for growth and per capita employment in these industries. The study found that Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, Columbus, Nashville, and Bloomington, is a hub for the state’s creative activity.

A key and unexpected finding was the large percentage of creative economy workers who were self-employed in the state, rather than in payroll positions: 57%, compared with a national average of just 20%.

Read more about the report, with a link to the complete document at >