Stories tagged with: jobs

January 5, 2012 - 6:03pm
3 years 15 weeks ago

The unstable economy is creating new trends in the workforce, and some of those changes can be seen in southeastern Ohio.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men are claiming more than two-thirds of the private-sector jobs in a nation that nearly had a majority-female workforce.  Economists say more men are finding themselves in retail, an industry once dominated by women.  Muskingum County Opportunity Center Supervisor Bob Mercer said he sees a shift in the attitude...

December 16, 2011 - 2:12pm
3 years 18 weeks ago

The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority has agreed to sell land to Halliburton and that would mean 300 jobs for our area. Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers in the energy industry – a fortune 500 company. The Port Authority Board voted to sell the company 174 acres of land in the East Pointe Business Park for their development. Port Executive Director Mike Jacoby says Halliburton has indicated the land will be used an operations hub to support customers in...

March 18, 2011 - 4:15pm
4 years 5 weeks ago

The unemployment rate in Ohio is continuing to decline and that means more jobs are becoming available for area residents.

Job Developer Julie Metzger with the Muskingum County Opportunity Center said this time of year always seems to be promising.

"A lot of times, when you get into March, April, May things start to pick up not only with seasonal positions, but we have also been working with local manufacturing companies," said Metzger.

She said they are...

March 3, 2011 - 6:21pm
4 years 7 weeks ago

The number of people requesting unemployment benefits has plunged to a nearly three year low. Experts believe companies will increase the pace of hiring this year.

That's proving to be true right here in Muskingum County. The Opportunity Center has recently collected nearly 750 applications for several positions available at Kelloggs.

"We serve two kinds of customers, job seekers and employers, so if an employer wants to use our facility for us to take applications, we're...

October 5, 2010 - 8:46pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

Members of the community seeking to gain insight on political candidates met with State Senator Bob Gibbs Tuesday night.

Gibbs is running against incumbent Zack Space in the battle for U.S. Representative for the 18th congressional district. Tuesday night, he highlighted key points for November's election including getting the unemployed back on their feet.

"It's about jobs and restoring that confidence because when you don't have people that are financially secure, you...

October 5, 2010 - 7:53pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

A $250 million advanced energy project is coming to Southeastern Ohio. Once completed, it's expected to be one of the largest solar farms in the country.

"The future has recognized Ohio," says Governor Ted Strickland.

It's been in the works for a little more than a year. Governor Strickland, 18th district US Congressman Zack Space, and others announced the creation of Turning Point Solar. It would be an almost 50 mega watt solar farm, which would be built on 500 acres...

September 29, 2010 - 5:41pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

Two companies from Licking and Knox Counties may soon see loans that will essentially boost business. The Development Financing Advisory Council is recommending about $10 million in loans for six statewide projects, and these funds are waiting for approval from the State Controlling Board.

Accel Incorporated in Licking County is expected to get an almost $2 million direct loan, which will be used for the purchase and installation of machinery and other equipment. The project also has...

August 5, 2010 - 8:59pm
4 years 37 weeks ago

Ohio's 18th district United States Representative was in Zanesville Thursday night at a political rally.

Congressman Zack Space met with local supporters while the House is currently in recess. He will be back in Washington next week in a special session to vote on a bill that Congressman Space says will save more than 300 teacher's jobs in the 18th district alone.

"It's an emphasis on education. It's a priority on education and within it lies the understanding that the...

July 20, 2010 - 1:27pm
4 years 40 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services today released the latest unemployment numbers and rates are up for June. In our area the highest jobless rate belongs to Noble County at 14.4 percent…then it’s Morgan at 14.1, Muskingum at 13.1 and Coshocton County at 12.8 percent. Perry Count’s jobless rate is 12.6 percent, then Guernsey at 11.9 and Licking County registers at 9.8 percent. Ohio’s jobless rate is 10.5 percent and that is down slightly from 10.7 percent...

June 22, 2010 - 6:09pm
4 years 44 weeks ago

More people in Southeastern Ohio have jobs. That's the latest news from the state.


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the figures for May, and the jobless rates have fallen close to one percent. Muskingum County Opportunity Center tells us why.


"We kind of look at it as a seasonal thing right now. We do have construction picking up, we do have a lot of landscaping companies in the area that have picked up people," says Julie Metzger, job...

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