We keep hearing how great the job market is this Labor Day.
Economists and politicians like to point out that the job picture has been better almost every year since America started its slow climb out of the Great Recession in 2009. They’ll tell you we’re in the midst of the longest-running period of businesses adding new jobs.
Locally, what people want to know is if the Lima region is “feeling it.”
There’s 1,686 reasons to answer that question with a “yes.” As of Friday, that’s how many full-time jobs were being advertised within a 20-mile radius of Lima. They include:
• 434 entry level jobs that pay $30,000 or less;
• 559 mid-level jobs that pay between $30,000 to $49,000;
• 562 upper income jobs that pay between $50,000 to $79,000;
• 131 high-income jobs that pay between $80,000 to $100,000.
Those figures come from the state’s Ohio Means Jobs web site. They’re all permanent full-time jobs and do not include jobs advertised by staffing agencies.
Entry level jobs include factory work at Whirpool in Ottawa, a human resource assistant at Charles River Laboratories in Spencerville, and a campus police officer at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s.
Mid-level jobs include maintenance workers, pharmacy technicians and a chemist at AkzoNobel in Lima.
Upper-income jobs include welders, a diesel mechanic supervisor for Waste Management, a first-line supervisor at Crown Equipment and various healthcare positions.
High-income jobs include engineering and supervisory positions at local manufacturers.
People can learn more about available jobs in the Greater Lima Region when the MakerFest manufacturing trade show and job fair is held from 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 20 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. It is the area’s largest career expo, featuring 100-plus employers.
ROSES AND THORNS: A couple of wet heroes are welcomed into the rose garden.
Rose: To the chivalry of Perry Township Police Officer Myles Truex and Allen County Sheriff Deputy Damian Tibbs. They came to the rescue of three women when a heavy and windy rainfall snuck up at the Allen County Fair. One of the women was recovering from surgery and the other two were tired from working their booth. Tibbs and Truex gave the women a ride to their cars with Truex ending up getting soaked in the process.
Rose: To Sue Hoge, 98, of New Knoxville. She returned to St. Marys Memorial High School 80 years after graduating to see her Memorial High School Band Hall of Fame plaque. The plaque commemorates Hoge being the first female student admitted to the school’s marching band when she was a freshman in 1935.
Rose: The Lima Procter & Gamble plant is rated the No. 1 most productive P&G site, generating six percent of P&G global sales and is the first site to be zero waste to landfill.
Thorn: David Szwajkowski thought he was in a turnaround area and “thought wrong” when he drove his car into Grand Lake St. Marys. His thinking may have been clouded from the fact that he had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit.
Thorn: Lima Police were called to incidents of theft and domestic violence less than 30 minutes apart at the same residence Thursday in the 900 block of Richie Avenue.
PARTING SHOT: Companies pass the test of time for one reason: “They put the consumer at the center because they understand who their boss really is.” — Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor, addressing the crowd Friday during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Lima P&G plant.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.