Webinar: Go Behind the Numbers of Northeastern Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – By 2025, 65% of Ohio’s workforce will require at least a two-year degree or certified marketable skill, according to Team NEO’s 2020 Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio report. As of 2018, only 34% of the workforce has a two-or four-year degree and another 21% have some training but no degree or certificate to show for it.

To address the growing gap between in-demand careers and qualified workers, team members from TeamNEO and the Regional Chamber will address how businesses can begin to address this shortfall through inclusive training and certification programs.

They will present free webinar will be presented at 11:30 Oct. 14. Registration is available HERE.

Presenters are Team NEO vice president of strategy and research Jacob Duritsky, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber chief operating officer Sarah Boyarko, Eastern Gateway Community College senior vice president Art Daly and RITE senior director of tech talent Courtney DeOreo. The webinar is hosted by the Youngstown Publishing Co. and will be moderated by CEO Jeff Leo Herrmann.

Some of the gaps could be addressed in part by improving academic and skills attainment among under-represented populations, according to the Team NEO report.

Only 23% of Black people and Hispanics possess a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 35% of White people and 64% of Asian people, the report finds. Only 5% of credentials went to Black people, who make up 14% of the region’s population. Black people are over-represented in lower-paying service positions, with 28% of them holding such jobs, compared with 16% of White people. 

Of the 20 high-demand positions, Black people are under-represented in 19 of them, the report finds.. 

To begin to address the inequities among these in-demand jobs requires action on multiple fronts. This includes access to digital technologies in urban and rural areas at a younger age, transportation access and providing wraparound services such as child care and health care – “things that are just as important to getting and keeping a job as anything else,” Duritsky said.

To dig deeper into the data on the inequities in the current job market, and long-term solutions businesses can embrace, click HERE to register for the Oct. 14 webinar.

Copyright 2020 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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