Ohio’s Greatest Asset Can Be Yours Too
To compete successfully around the globe, companies must have access to top-level talent. Ohio’s world-class universities, community colleges and trade schools, workforce training programs, partnerships and apprenticeship strategies complement the Midwest work ethic of Ohioans. The result is a workforce that is educated, committed, skilled and productive, and able to meet the needs of a variety of employers, including advanced manufacturers, financial services firms and healthcare providers.
Ohio’s talent pipeline meets the demands of today and is prepared for the needs of the future.
Population and Workforce
- Total population: 11.66 million, the 7th largest in the U.S.
- Workforce: Over 5.6 million
- Private sector employment: 4.9 million
- Cost of talent: 12 percent below national average
- Ohio ranked No. 9 in competitive labor environment
- Ohio is No. 7 in leading workforce development programs
- Ohio’s healthcare sector has outpaced national employment growth for 2012-18, adding approximately 6,000 jobs. Ohio added 6,188 healthcare jobs during this period – more than other regional states except Pennsylvania which added 8,805. Ohio had the second highest percentage change in employment with 8 percent, second only to Kentucky at 14 percent.
- Ohio's shale energy and petrochemical employment grew more than four times as quickly as the national employment growth between 2012-18 (8.20 percent for Ohio, 2 percent for the U.S). Ohio added more jobs during this period than any of its regional competitors and grew at the second highest pace of 8 percent behind only Michigan at 9 percent.
- Ohio schools granted 67 percent more annual degrees and certificates for chemistry, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, and similar programs from 2010-17, second in the region.
- There was a 165 percent increase in annual degrees granted for computer engineering in Ohio from 2006-17, the highest in the Midwest.
- Ohio is No. 1 in the region with 57,565 people employed in the state’s plastic and rubber manufacturing industry representing the largest plastic and rubber talent pool in the U.S. Ohio is also No. 1 in plastic and rubber manufacturing in both the U.S. and the region.
- Ohio’s talent availability for 3-D printing industry is almost 200 percent higher than the U.S. average, the third highest in the Midwest.
Education and Training
Ohio’s workforce receives education and training from nationally recognized institutions that create programs around modern industry needs.
- There are 54 Ohio Technical Centers that awarded 6,981 credential, certificates or degrees for FY17.
- Four Ohio universities are among the top 100 in the world for patents issued in the United States to protect new inventions -the second highest in the region. These universities are: Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Akron and the University of Toledo
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