Let's Break It Down
We are losing creative jobs, but seeing a gain in earnings for creative professionals.
The region has over 5,000 creative jobs with industry earnings of $331 million, and industry sales of over $1.2 billion. The top creative occupations locally include graphic designers, musicians, photographers, and writers—and on average professionals in the creative industry are earning $18.73 an hour.
Between 2015 and 2016, the area experienced a four percent loss in the number of creative jobs, while at the same time saw a six percent gain in industry earnings. Reasons for industry job losses include a lack of affordable and accessible space for artists and creatives to work and sell their crafts. Additionally, because there is no local Master of Fine Arts program in the area, many creatives leave to go elsewhere to pursue additional training opportunities.