Leading Indicators Project Modest Statewide Jobs Growth Through June

The latest leading indicators report by the Department of Job and Family Services shows total employment in Ohio is expected to grow at a modest annual rate of 1.16% for the next six months if the November employment rebound continues. Ohio’s average weekly manufacturing hours increased to 41.8 in November.

Among metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), Columbus is expected to have the highest growth at 1.67%, followed by Cleveland-Elyria at 1.51%, Cincinnati at 0.75% and Canton-Massillon at 0.7%. The MSAs projected to lose jobs include Youngstown-Warren-Boardman (-1.06%), Dayton (-0.45%), Akron (-0.06%), and Toledo (-0.02%). 1/5/2021