For job seekers in Ohio, there’s a chance to flourish in next-generation manufacturing using technologies like 3-D printing or innovate with careers in cybersecurity or IT. After years of large-scale layoffs due to outsourcing traditional manufacturing jobs, Moody’s Analytics projects that Ohio will grow 76,420 jobs in 2014 in fields like health care, education and skilled trades. NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best cities for job seekers in Ohio.
We found the best places for job seekers in the state by asking the following questions:
1. Is the city growing? We assessed growth in the working-age population, ages 16 and older, from 2009 to 2012 to ensure that the city was attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward population growth.
2. Can you afford to live in the city comfortably? We measured a city’s median household income to see if workers made a good living. We also analyzed the monthly homeowner costs, including mortgage payments, to see if the city had a reasonable cost of living.
3. Are most people employed? We looked at the unemployment rate.