News and Analysis
It was reported late last week that Ohio lost 1,500 jobs in September as the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.2%, up from 4.1% in August. This as the U.S. jobless rate fell to 3.5%. Key points from the latest unemployment report include:
- Ohio was just one of four states in which the unemployment rate increased.
- The most job losses were state government (-1,800), construction (-1,700), and manufacturing (-1,400). Manufacturing still supplies more than 700,000 jobs in Ohio.
- There were 243,000 unemployed individuals across Ohio. (Of course, the unemployment rate is different from Ohio’s labor force participation rate.)
Despite the uptick, the state’s September unemployment rate was still better than the 4.6% from a year earlier. 10/21/2019
Ohio manufacturers have until this Thursday, Oct. 31, to apply for the state’s new TechCred program, which reimburses employers up to $2,000 for each current or new employee who earns an industry-recognized, technology-focused credential. Employers can receive up to a total of $30,000 per funding round. This is the first round under TechCred.
On a related note, remember that manufacturers who hire interns through the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) High School Internship Program can be reimbursed 50% of student wages — up to a maximum of $1,500 per student. Funding is available through Sept. 30, 2020 or until funds are expended, whichever comes first. 10/23/2019
Ohio manufacturers have until the end of this month to apply for the new, innovative TechCred program, which reimburses employers up to $2,000 for each current or new employee who earns an industry-recognized, technology-focused credential. Employers can receive up to a total of $30,000 per funding round. This is the first round under the program.
Boosting Ohio’s manufacturing talent pool is a key objective of the program, so OMA members are encouraged to apply. See this summary. 10/17/2019
U.S. Chamber analysis of new government data shows that as of August, there was barely one available worker for every job opening in America. The total of 7.77 million available workers compared to 7.03 million job openings. By industry, the largest number of job openings were in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. The manufacturing sector had 384,000 openings in August.
In 39 states, there are more jobs than people looking. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, as of June 2019, Ohio had 0.8 unemployed people for every job opening. That’s compared to 6.7 unemployed workers for every opening a decade earlier. 10/15/2019
The Ohio State University has announced it will soon offer a degree program aimed at producing highly skilled college graduates with broad training in manufacturing engineering technology who are prepared for plant management roles. OSU’s bachelor of science in engineering technology with a concentration in manufacturing will be offered beginning in autumn 2020 at the Lima, Mansfield, and Marion campuses, and tentatively is set to begin on the Newark campus in autumn 2023. 10/14/2019
Ohio TechNet is a consortium that includes Ohio colleges and universities, working closely with manufacturers and government agencies — as well as workforce, education, and community partners — to address the state’s manufacturing workforce challenge.
A key partner in the OMA’s effort to boost Ohio’s manufacturing talent supply, Ohio TechNet is, among other things, helping lead the charge to expand registered apprenticeship programs and other “earn-and-learn” models that align with Ohio’s most in-demand credentials and careers. If your company would like to play a more active role in this statewide consortium, visit this site or email Ohio TechNet. 10/15/2019
“The automation engineering technology program at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) is the best-kept secret in Northeast Ohio.” That’s according to AgriNomix CEO Robert Lando, whose company commissioned this fantastic video to spotlight the instruction taking place at the community college. LCCC is working with its manufacturing partners to tailor earn-and-learn programs.
LCCC Assistant Professor Scott Zitek advises employers interested in hiring new talent not to wait until a student finishes his/her training — “because if you wait for them to graduate, chances are you’re not going to have very many options.” 10/14/2019
The OMA and Making Ohio have published a new case study that spotlights the success of the WorkAdvance program, administered by the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition — which is part of the OMA’s industry sector partnership network. This one-page document tells the story of Gerald — a Youngstown-area resident — who moved through a series of low-wage jobs until he participated in WorkAdvance. 10/7/2019
In a tight labor market, it’s difficult to find qualified talent. One workforce solution is hiring older workers who can bring experience, mentoring, and expertise to the workplace. To attract and retain the key baby boomer demographic — currently 55 to 75 years old — it helps to understand their needs and values. OMA Connections Partner RSM has published this animated infographic that examines key qualities of this valued segment of the workforce. 10/10/2019
National Apprenticeship Week, set for Nov. 11-17, is intended to bring together leaders in business, labor, education, and other fields to showcase the positive impact that apprenticeships have on addressing the U.S. skills gap. Join the celebration by hosting an event — such as an apprenticeship graduation, business open house, high school career fair, skills competition, or industry roundtable. Register your event at this site. 10/8/2019