Examining the Community Workforce
Athens County is part of a larger regional work shed where more workers commute into our county from surrounding counties than go out for other employment. Higher rural unemployment rates equal a readily available workforce. Quality employees stay put rather than “shopping around” for the next best job.
Athens County Workforce Economic Snapshot
A region’s workforce is a critical measure of its economic success. Athens County has a labor force of 30,038 with a little over 26,500 people actively employed.
|Athens County Workforce Statistics||Economic Data Points|
|Civilian Labor Force||30,038|
|Mean Travel Time to Work (mins)||20.2|
|Median Household Income||$33,773.00|
|Median Family Income||$50,820.00|
|Per Capita Income||$17,069.00|
Southeast Ohio Regional County Workforce Comparison
Athens County is a regional economic leader- 84.59% of the workforce stay in Athens County each day to work. While Athens County is only the 40th largest county in the state of Ohio, it is relatively large for the Appalachian Region and competes with similar sized Southeast Ohio counties such Washington, Lawrence, Muskingum and Tuscarawas to be the economic leader in Southeast Ohio
|Southeast Ohio County||Unemployment Rate||Median Family Income||College Grad Rate|
Athens County Major Employers
|Major Employers as of June 2016||Approximate Total|
|* Ohio University||4,169|
|OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital+ AMA (Athens Medical Associates)||682|
|Athens City Schools||417|
|Alexander Local School District||198|
|City of Athens||180|
|Nelsonville-York School District||160|
|The Athens Messenger||98|
|Don Wood Automotive||115|
|City of Nelsonville||49|
|* To include all Regional Campuses||5,155|
Note: These numbers were self-reported by Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and include both full time and part time employees.
Workforce Development Programs & Resources
To be sure you’re on the right track when it comes to building a work culture in your business, it’s essential to know where you can go to get help creating just the right team of employees. Athens County has a wealth of resources for this process, and these organizations can help you make the most of your team:
Ohio Means Jobs – Athens County (The Work Station)
The Work Station is Athens County’s “one-stop” employment and training center, offering free services to existing or potential businesses. Free employer services include trainings, screening, special population placement, and more.
Ohio Learn to Earn
Ohio Learn to Earn matches individuals looking for work with businesses looking to hire. It gives employers the opportunity to train potential employees at no cost and individuals the opportunity to enhance their skills, network and earn a training certification. Contact John Bateman at email@example.com or 740-797-1405 for more information.
This is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train individuals for long-term employment by offsetting the wages paid to eligible new-hires. Contact Ohio Means Jobs – Athens County for more information at 740-797-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JobsOhio Workforce Grant
The JobsOhio Workforce Grant was created to promote economic development, business expansion, and job creation by providing funding for the improvement of worker skills and abilities in the State of Ohio. Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to job creation, additional payroll, fixed-asset investment commitment, project return on investment, and project location.
Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program
The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program fills a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training funds to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public/private partnership. The ultimate goal is twofold: allow employers to retain and grow their existing Ohio workforce and create a statewide workforce that can meet the present and future demands in an ever-changing economy.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Federal tax credits are available to employers that hire individuals from eligible target groups. Assistance in reaching job seekers from the eligible target groups is available by contacting Ohio Means Jobs – Athens County at 740-797-1405 or email@example.com