One of the Cincinnati area’s top economists is saying job growth in the metropolitan — which includes Butler and Warren counties — is strong thanks to industry sectors that benefit from the national recovery such as professional and business services, education and health services, and skilled manufacturing.
However, while noting that the 15-county Tri-state region’s unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in December was at a 10-year low, the number of working residents has yet to return to pre-recession levels, according to LaVaughn Henry, vice president and senior regional officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Cincinnati Branch.
As of March, 1,019,100 Cincinnati metro residents were employed, compared to 1,053,400 in March 2007, according to statistics tracked by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The labor force has shrunk during the time, which could be due to population changes and retirements.
“Because a large percentage of Cincinnati’s workforce belongs to the consumer marketing sector, the area’s employment will continue to benefit as consumer demand grows with the national recovery,” Henry said in a written statement.
Also, construction has picked up across the area as multiple commercial companies have sought to expand their presence in Greater Cincinnati due to its logistic advantages and growing population of skilled and highly educated workers, Henry said.
He expects employment growth to continue, as several companies in the area have recently announced expansion plans to accommodate larger work forces.
Butler County unemployment below 5%
In case you missed it, the Journal-News first reported online Wednesday (April 22) that the county’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in March, down from 5.9 percent a year ago, according to preliminary state estimates released Tuesday. The estimates could be revised later.
The number of people searching for a job but unable to find one fell from 11,000 Butler County residents a year ago to 9,000 residents last month, according to Ohio Job and Family Services.
Local companies hiring
Job seekers shouldn’t forget about major hiring pushes at the following companies:
• StarTek Inc. is hiring nearly 700 people to work at a call center opening later this year in downtown Hamilton. The majority of positions are for customer service and technical support. For more information, go online to www.startek.com/careers.
• UGN Inc. continues to hire in anticipation of starting operations of its new Monroe manufacturing plant. Approximately 150 jobs will be created once full operations start. For more information, email: email@example.com.
• The Kroger Co. announced on April 15 it is hiring about 800 employees for part-time positions at stores across the Cincinnati/Dayton Division. Applicants must apply online at jobs.kroger.com. Open positions involve evening and weekend work, and none are seasonal-only employment, Kroger officials said.
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