Central Ohio Job Postings Up 8,000 From Last Year

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The Columbus job market has been tumultuous in recent months, but economist Bill Lafayette says the city has regained most of the jobs it lost in the recession.(Photo: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services)
The Columbus job market has been tumultuous in recent months, but economist Bill Lafayette says the city has regained most of the jobs it lost in the recession.(Photo: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services)

It appears employers are trying to add more workers in Central Ohio.

Data from the global non-profit Conference Board shows, from the middle of May to the middle of June, companies posted more than 45,000 job ads in the region.

That’s about 2,000 more than the previous month, which is normal for a month when many students and graduates need jobs.

But more importantly, says central Ohio economist Bill Lafayette, the survey showed an increase of 8,000 job ads over the same time last year.

“Overall, Columbus has gained back more than 80 percent of the jobs that we lost in the recession,” Lafayette says.

Much of that, Lafayette says, is because of hiring increases in manufacturing.

In this latest survey, the most wanted workers were truck drivers, retails sales employees, and customer sales representatives.

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