Job Postings Rise Across Ohio, in Northeast Region

COLUMBUS – The number of job openings in statewide and regional labor markets increased between July and August, according to OhioMeansJobs.

In Northeast Ohio’s 18-county region — which covers Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties — 94,452 jobs were posted on between July 14 and Aug. 13, the agency reported Friday.

That’s an increase of 4,980 advertisements posted from the prior reporting period and a 10,795 increase from a year ago.

Statewide, the number of job openings over the period reached 278,678, an increase of 15,490 from a month ago. The latest job openings represent an increase of 46,099 from the same period a year ago.

According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, there were 229,000 unemployed workers in Ohio in August and the statewide unemployment rate was 3.7% with a 61.8 % labor participation rate.

Most of the local jobs are middle income ($30,000 and $49,000) at 29.2% and upper income ($50,000 and $79,000) at 28.9%. Those are followed by entry level (less than $30,000) 17.4%, six-figure jobs at 13.8%, and high-income jobs ($80,000 to $99,000) 10.8%.

Regionally, 46.2% of jobs require a GED or high school diploma, followed by 30.9% requiring a bachelor’s degree. Only 17.8% of openings request at least an associate’s level degree with 2.7% a doctorate and 2.4% a master’s degree.

The top jobs sought in the area are heavy-and tractor-trailer truck drivers at 6,241; registered nurses, with 6,010 ads; first-line supervisors of retail sales workers with 4,375 postings; retail salespersons, 2,565; and stock clerks and order fillers, 2,076.

Statewide, most jobs are upper middle income, 28.3% and middle income, 27.3%; followed by six-figure jobs, 16.6%; entry level, 16%; and high income jobs, 11.8%. Most jobs require at least a GED or high school, 43.2%; while 33.9% required a bachelor’s degree, 17.7% an associate’s degree, 2.8% a doctoral degree and 2.4% a master’s degree.

The top jobs with advertisements across the state are heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 19,482; registered nurses, 15,881; first-line supervisors of retail sales workers, 11,149; retail salespersons, 6,669; stock clerks and order fillers, 5,817; software developers, applications, 5,439; and first-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers, 5,268.

Overall, health care practitioners and technical occupations made up 16% of job openings in Ohio, followed by sales and related occupations at 14%, transportation and material moving occupations at 11%, and both computer/mathematical occupations and office and administrative support occupations at 10% each.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.