Local manufacturers who make auto parts and other devices continue to add jobs, but more residents are working as teachers, nurses and in social work.
Manufacturing is the second-largest career field in Johnson County, employing 14 percent of the county’s nearly 70,000 workers. But that rate is down from more than five years ago, when as many as 17 percent of residents worked in that field. Statewide, 19 percent of workers have jobs in manufacturing.
Right now, the leading careers locally are in education, health care and social assistance. The percentage of workers in those fields is growing — 22 percent of workers in 2012, up from about 19 percent in 2005, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.