During a speech at a steel plant in Indiana, President Obama emphasized the importance of manufacturing to the recovery of the nation's economy.
Fewer people are making what's considered "middle income" wages in Indiana, as the face of the manufacturing industry changes.
Indiana's unemployment rate dropped for the ninth consecutive month.
IU is partnering with The Digital Lab for Manufacturing, an innovative digital research lab in Chicago worth $320 million.
Companies believe there is a shortage of skilled workers and predict an even greater shortage in the next few years.
While the manufacturing and health services sectors showed job gains, the private sector lost jobs as a whole.
Indiana’s manufacturing sector had its biggest one-month job increase in nearly nine years, but the state's unemployment rate also rose to 8.4 percent.
The plant will invest in equipment to build GM’s new eight speed and existing six speed transmissions.
The Hoosier private sector lost nearly 10,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate held steady at eight percent.
A survey released Thursday shows Indiana's manufacturing industry is the strongest it has been since 2007.