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A Lack of Skilled Workers Creates Challenges in the Mahoning Valley

Oct 8, 2018
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JORDYN GRZELEWSKI / YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR

Mahoning Valley manufacturers say a lack of workers interested and trained in skilled trades is causing workforce challenges.

Although recently exacerbated by a historically low national unemployment rate and growth in the manufacturing sector, Valley manufacturers first took note of the issue about a decade ago. Since then, a number of initiatives have been put in place to address the shortage of skilled workers.

Your Voice Ohio Explores Economic Differences Among Ohio Cities

Sep 29, 2018
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YOUR VOICE OHIO

As a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio now working with news media all over the state, the frequent trips through and around Columbus are both maddening and frightening. Lane shifts, orange barrels and concrete barriers coupled with overturned tankers can make a 20-mile cross-town trip a 90-minute nightmare.

DOUG OPLINGER / YOUR VOICE OHIO

Ohio has lost about 367,000 goods-producing jobs since 2000, which were mostly held by citizens with a high school education. Automation can seem like a real threat, for 80 percent of the Ohio population without a college degree.

The Conflict Between Old Jobs and New Tech and What it Means to Ohio's Economy

Sep 22, 2018
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SHANE WYNN / AKRONSTOCK

The college-educated, and the not-college-educated: Two life tracks on a collision course?

Ohio Lags Nation in Income Growth

Sep 14, 2018
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YOUR VOICE OHIO

As the rest of the nation celebrated in recent days that middle class income finally had recovered from the Great Recession, there was no cause to cheer in Ohio.

Recession after recession for generations, Ohio rebounded from hard times, but not anymore. Not only has the state failed to rebound from the Great Recession, we have yet to recover from the 2001 recession.

Consider:

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