The most successful communities are built around healthy economics. Healthy economics is only possible with a strong workforce and ample opportunities for that workforce to take on desirable employment roles.
The Crossroads of Northwest Ohio is being established right along the I-75 corridor between Lima and Wapakoneta, or Allen and Auglaize Counties. While both counties are well-regarded for their strong workforces, job-rate increases in both areas have struggled to keep up with national demand.
Data from the Allen Economic Development Group shows a need for more employment opportunities for area residents. While Allen County has a substantial working-age population of 83,249, only about 45,000 of those individuals were actively employed between 2018 and 2019.
Jobs did increase by 0.7 percent between 2013 and 2018 in Allen County, but this change fell substantially short of the overall national growth rate of 7.8 percent. To date, the industries in Allen County with the most occupation jobs are office and administrative support, production, and food service-related.
Auglaize County is known for its skilled labor supply with over 26,000 residents of the county currently in the workforce. The county actually has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, which indicates how committed the workforce is to maintaining stable employment.
The average worker from the area travels about 18 minutes to get to work. Some residents are likely heading to neighboring cities for employment opportunities already. A few of the largest employers in the area include the Crown Equipment Corporation and Grand Lake Health System.
The Crossroads is all about establishing a community with a strong economic core right in Cridersville. The geographic area and the local workforce demographics show just how well new job opportunities could serve both counties. With dozens of restaurant owners, small business owners, and retailers planning their commercial space within the community, the area is set to become a hot spot for new employment opportunities.
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