Area cities rank high for job growth

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By David Widner
If you’re in the job market in northwest Ohio, you might be well advised to look to a couple of nearby cities in particular for openings.

According to NerdWallet, a company that provides tools and research to help consumers manage their money, the top 10 cities for job seekers in Ohio for 2014 include two that are within an hour’s drive of Defiance:

No. 3 Findlay

NerdWallet notes that the largest employers in Findlay’s home county – including Whirlpool and Cooper Tire & Rubber – have joined forces with a website where applicants can submit their credentials to these local companies. Job-training opportunities are available through Owens Community College and the University of Findlay. And if you end up landing a job in Findlay, your paycheck will stretch farther than most anywhere else in the state, based on Findlay’s monthly homeowner cost average of $1,161.

No. 6 Perrysburg

With this city’s 2009-2012 population growth rate of more than 17 percent according to NerdWallet, Perrysburg job hunters should have lots of opportunities to pursue and can tap into nearby Toledo’s job-search service, Source Northwest Ohio. Perrysburg, where the container manufacturer O-I Glass has its world headquarters, has a healthy median annual household income of more than $69,000, and monthly expenses for homeowners are a reasonable $1,648.

NerdWallet based its rankings on three primary criteria:
• Population growth among those 16 and older between 2009 and 2012
• Affordability based on median household income and monthly homeowner costs
• Local unemployment rate

Topping the list were two Columbus suburbs, Marysville and Dublin, both of which boast a diversified employer base and abundant resources for job-seekers. The rest of the top 10 included Troy, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, Grove City, North Ridgeville and Beavercreek.

According to Moody’s Analytics, Ohio is expected to add more than 76,000 jobs in 2014, led by a resurgence in the manufacturing sector as new technologies are introduced.

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