Labor Force

November 2010 Report


Success of a company in many ways depends on the strength of its workforce. Jackson County is home to more than 32,000 residents. The eligible workforce is more than 14,000 people and 110,000 within a one-hour commute. Jackson County workers have key elements to provide a productive workforce necessary to foster business growth. A combination of work ethic, dedication, training facilities and leading educational facilities and many agencies offering workforce training programs result in a productive workforce.

State and Local Programs

In an ever changing economic environment, the State of Ohio is committed to creating opportunities for Ohio's workers and companies to stay competitive and current in their fields. Resources and incentives are offered through state and local agencies.

The Ohio Workforce Guarantee Program
Many companies may benefit from programs administered by the Ohio Department of Development through its Regional Workforce Directors. Workforce Directors assist companies by assessing the unique training needs of companies, and guide employers through all phases of the application and approval process, at no cost to the business. Through the Ohio Workforce Guarantee Program employers in the targeted industry sectors have the ability to choose the training provider, and the company can either provide its own training, or engage an outside training vendor. Businesses meeting specific criteria can be reimbursed by the Ohio Workforce Guarantee program the cost of approved training for full-time employees. Last year, more than $13 million in Ohio Workforce Guarantee grants were provided, resulting in training for roughly 1,600 new hires and more than 8,300 incumbent workers.

The greatest opportunities for economic growth in Ohio lie where the stronghold of our inventive and industrial past intersects with the innovative promises of our economic future. It’s where our business and industry intersect with human talent, innovation, and discovery.

Ohio Third Frontier was founded on the commitment to shape the future economy of the State through a portfolio of programs to support applied research and commercialization, entrepreneurial assistance, early-stage capital formation, and expansion of a skilled talent pool that can support technology-based economic growth. The Ohio Third Frontier is living up to its commitment to drive growth in company, job, and wealth creation throughout the State. Since its inception in 2002, Ohio’s Third Frontier program has helped generate $6.6 billion economic activity as of December 2008.

Third Frontier Internship Program funds are provided for in competitive rounds of funding to subsidize the cost of hiring enrolled college students. Funds are generally provided to organizations which can arrange for a pool of employers who will hire college interns with intent of hiring the intern full-time upon graduation and within a skill set consistent with his/her academic course of studies.

Ohio’s Strategic Plan
Continuing to build on the success of Ohio Third Frontier, in 2009 the State’s new economic development Strategic Plan was presented to the people of Ohio. As part of the plan the State developed Target Industry Teams to develop specific retention, expansion, and attraction strategies for each target industry – Advanced Energy and Environmental Technologies; Aerospace and Aviation; Agriculture and Food Processing; Bioscience and Bio-products; Corporate and Professional Services; Distribution and Logistics; Instruments, Controls, and Electronics; Motor Vehicle and Parts Manufacturing; Polymers and Advanced Materials.

Jackson County One-Stop Technology and Training Center houses a wide array of partners as well as a Technology and Training Center to serve not only individuals, but also business and industry . Their services are tailored to the specific needs of the prospective employees and employers. The One-Stop office services offered to employers include: Searching for trained and skilled employees, employee selection services, on-site training for employees, pre-employment certification programs and workforce assessment services. The Workforce Training Center houses equipment for hands-on training classes in Industrial Technologies, such as, hydraulics/pneumatics, electrical/electronics, Public Safety and health care. Classes are available to the public and customized training is available for business/industry. Pre-employment recruitment, testing and screening services are typically available to companies at no cost.

Ohio Department of Development
Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services