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Truckers in Higher Demand Than Any Other Occupation in West Ohio

Burch by John Sommers II for Transport Topics
The demand for qualified job applicants in Ohio is as robust as it has been in the past five years, particularly in the trucking and nursing industries.

Ohio saw more online advertised job openings in one month — from Oct. 14 to Nov. 13 — than at any time since the state began tracking online job postings five years ago, according to a recent report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Statewide, Ohio had 240,000 posted openings between those dates. 

In the 12-county West Ohio area that includes Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties, heavy-duty and tractor-trailer truck driving was the occupation with the most job ads, 1,912, according to the state’s monthly report.

Openings for registered nurses saw the second-biggest group of ads in the area with 697, the state said.

“When you look at this report, one of the things that’s immediately apparent is the diversity of Ohio’s economy, the diversity of job opportunities that are available,” Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Department of Job and Family Services, said Jan. 4.

Both truck driving and nursing offer jobs that can be satisfying and financially rewarding, Johnson said.

Ohio’s unemployment rate edged up in November to 4.5% from 4.4%, but some observers believe that’s due to more Ohioans looking for work.

Kevin Burch, president of Dayton trucking firm Jet Express Inc. and first vice chairman of American Trucking Associations, said the trucking industry faces a “perfect storm” of workforce challenges. It has an aging workforce and tough working conditions. And he contends heavy government regulations weigh on all workers.

“This is an industry where the government tells you when you can sleep, when you can work, how many hours you can work,” Burch said.

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By Thomas Gnau
Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun

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