Ohio’s Greatest Asset Can Be Yours Too
To compete successfully around the globe, access to top level talent is essential. Ohio’s world-class universities, community colleges, trade schools, and workforce training programs complement the Midwest work ethic of Ohioans, along with its unique partnerships and apprenticeship strategies. The resulting Ohio workforce is educated, committed, skilled and productive. Ohioans can meet the needs of a variety of employers, including advanced manufacturers, technology services firms and healthcare providers. Through Ohio’s talent pipeline, the workforce is able to meet the demands of today and is prepared for the needs of the future.
JobsOhio continually invests in the state’s workforce to address the skills gap in tech, life sciences and advanced manufacturing occupations and to increase credentials, education and innovation in these areas. JobsOhio introduced a broader, yet focused, strategy to increase production of in-demand talent. In early 2020, JobsOhio also announced a $1.5 million investment for existing manufacturing skill programs in six institutions, with a goal of increasing the number of workers with in-demand skills to power northwest Ohio manufacturers.
Ohio’s composite cost of living index was significantly lower than the national and regional average in 2020, and Ohio ranks #1 in Affordability under the US News Opportunity Rankings. Ohio is an innovative state with a stable economy and welcoming communities. Its workforce is dedicated and loyal, turning Ohio’s greatest asset into a company’s greatest asset when they choose to invest in Ohio. With an affordable cost of living and growing wages, Ohio is a place where people don’t have to make the choice between a successful and fulfilling professional life and a successful and fulfilling personal life.
Population and Workforce
- Total population: 11.80 million, the 7th largest in the U.S.
- Ohio ranked No. 10 in competitive labor environment
- Ohio is No. 8 in leading workforce development programs
Ohio is home to an abundant and industrious talent pool, from tech-savvy coders to computer numerically controlled (CNC) operators, from engineers and scientists to those in professional services and healthcare. JobsOhio focuses on industries that include advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, automotive, energy and chemicals, financial services, food and agribusiness, healthcare, tech, logistics and distribution.
Various industries in Ohio have grown in the past ten years, with available workers in each respective industry.
Education and Training
Ohio’s workforce receives education and training from nationally recognized institutions that craft programs specifically for the needs of modern businesses.
- More than 175,000 students graduate from Ohio's higher education institutions annually.
- There are 53 Ohio Technical Centers that awarded almost 7,000 credentials, certificates or degrees for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Ohio has 11 universities or colleges certified by the National Security Agency as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and 2 schools certified in Cyber Operations.
- Four Ohio universities (Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Akron and the University of Cincinnati) are among the top 100 in the world for patents issued in the United States to protect new inventions.
Strong Wage Growth Benefits Ohioans
Ask most executives why they choose Ohio, and they’ll tell you it is due to Ohio’s skilled and educated talent who possess the proverbial Midwest work ethic: the ingenuity to creatively solve problems and the perseverance to see a solution get implemented.