By Mike SiegelA new analysis of state data shows that more than one in four Ohioans lack the skills they need to succeed in the job market.
According to data compiled by the Ohio Department of Labor, more than two-thirds of Ohioans who applied for a job in 2016 lacked a college degree.
And nearly one in five of those who did have a degree did not have enough education or skills to fill a specific job.
“This is a crisis that we’ve been facing for years, and we’re getting worse every year,” said Mark Kocher, the Ohio director of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Kocher says the data shows people are looking for jobs that are the least-skilled and least-educated jobs.
The problem isn’t limited to Ohio, Kocheer said.
His organization’s report found that the median salary for a new college grad in 2016 was $30,200, about half the $60,700 it would have cost an unemployed person to get a job.
The data doesn’t account for the impact of the Great Recession.
But Koccher said the unemployment rate in Ohio has risen to an all-time high of 5.4 percent, which he said shows the country is “on the verge of an unemployment crisis.”
According to Kocchel, it’s “very concerning” that nearly one-quarter of the workforce is still unemployed, especially for low-skill jobs.
“There’s no question there’s a crisis of jobs in the US, but we’re not going to solve it unless we get out of the trap of a high unemployment rate,” Kochel said.
“We need to get out in front of this problem and take care of people’s jobs, and that’s not going the way the country has done for years.”
Kocheers report also revealed that more people than ever are losing their jobs to automation and globalization.
The average age of a job has risen by more than a decade in Ohio.
Kogel’s group’s analysis found that more Ohioans are being laid off, which is creating new jobs for people who are unemployed.
The number of people who have lost their jobs due to automation or globalization rose from 4.7 million in 2016 to 5.7 more people in 2017.
But, Kogel says Ohio is still losing people in this wave of job losses, despite an unemployment rate that’s just 2.9 percent.
Kuchel, who is also the executive director of Ohio Right to Work, said the new data shows the economy is already struggling.
“It’s really clear the economy’s still struggling,” Kuchel said, “and it’s not just Ohio.”
Kucher says Ohio has also seen an increase in opioid deaths and an increase that has gone unnoticed.
Kobson said the opioid crisis has forced employers to close many of their stores.
“I think we’re seeing a lot of companies pulling back, and they’re also closing up their stores,” Kobson said.
Koch said the report shows the problem isn�t just a lack of jobs.
It�s a lack in the education that people need to be successful.
“The Ohio Department for Labor released a statement in response to Kucher’s report that said the Ohio workforce is being “mixedly treated.
“It said:”Employers and job seekers are facing challenges that are complex, but they also need the help of skilled workers to get the job done.
“Koch called on the federal government to support the state in fixing its workforce.”
The Trump administration has done more than any other administration to bring people together in Ohio, and now it’s up to Ohio to find the resources to do so,” Koch said.
John Kasich also released a response to the report, saying Ohio has a long history of hiring people with advanced degrees, and it is working hard to improve its workforce skills.
Karen Stoddard, the governor�s deputy chief of staff, said in a statement that Kasich has been a leader in efforts to address the problem of Ohio�s workforce shortage.”
For too long, the federal Government has failed to support Ohio by helping to recruit the talent necessary to create jobs, but that’s starting to change,” Stoddards statement said.