Workforce Composition and Growth
The current and future workforce needs of Allen County’s employers are of critical importance. The charts included here present information on the age distribution of the employed workforce, historical changes in the labor force participation rate, occupational distribution, and occupational growth. Taken together, these trends provide a cleared image of the region’s capacity to meet the employment needs of its industry base.
Asset Inventory Workforce Composition and Growth
Workforce Distribution by Industry and Educational Attainment
- Allen County has a significantly higher concentration of workers with high school degrees than the state of Ohio.
- Educational attainment is higher among professional, service-related industries due to different demands.
- Fastest growth has been among workers with some college education.
Unemployment Rate 2003-2015
- Local unemployment patterns closely mirror state trends.
- Unemployment patterns exhibit some seasonal variations as certain activities, such as construction are less active during winter months.
- Unemployment grew sharply during the recession of 2007-2009 before moderating in the last several years.
Occupational Distribution by Major Group
- Employment varies by occupation group and by region.
- Occupations are distributed across several industries; most prominent categories align with large local industries.
- Allen County has a significantly higher share of production employment than the state.
Projected Occupational Employment Growth 2010-2020
- Fastest occupational growth to occur in health care-related professions.
- Other, more traditional occupational fields will see significant replacement hiring, but little overall growth.
- Regional training entities must adapt and respond to changing needs.