Jobs plentiful, labor scarce

Jobs plentiful, labor scarce

Jobs plentiful, labor scarce

ZANESVILLE — Anyone who wants a job in Muskingum County has a pretty good chance of finding one. “There are a lot of available positions out there,” said Julie Metzger, the Ohio Means Jobs coordinator for Muskingum County. “Right now, in the 43701 area code, there are 955 available jobs” on the Ohio Means Jobs website. “If I go out a 30-mile radius, there are 5,200 positions available.”

“It’s an interesting time,” said Dana Matz, president of the Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce. “We have record low unemployment, but we have record low employment fulfillment,” he said. There are a wide range of positions available, especially at the entry level, across a variety of industries. “Fast food to manufacturing to distribution, companies are having trouble filling positions.”

The unemployment rate in Muskingum County is currently 3.8%, Metzger said. “It was 4.6% last month, and 5.6% this time last year. Unemployment is low,” she said, “but it does feel like there is an available workforce out there, it is just them finding the right match for their skillset. “

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