By Kate Edwards and Daniel SandfordBENTON, Ohio – The jobs picture is starting to look a little better in Ohio, with a new wave of manufacturing jobs.
But some are feeling more uncertain than others.
One man who started working in manufacturing at age 25 said he feels like his life has changed a lot since then.
He is now 34 and has moved to a more rural area in Ohio.
“I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do, I just know that if you look at the data, that if we’re not going out there and finding those jobs that are out there, then we’re going to miss a lot of good jobs,” he said.
Employment numbers have been showing signs of recovery for months, but the good news is only beginning to trickle into the state.
The unemployment rate in Ohio hit a new high in March, reaching 5.8% – a number that is much lower than the state’s population, but still higher than the national average.
The state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7% in March from 5.9% a year ago.
That’s a big improvement from the year before, when the unemployment rate was 6.6%.
It’s not just the numbers that are showing a rebound, but also the attitude of some Ohioans toward the jobs industry.
More and more people say they’re actively searching for work, according to a recent study by the state Department of Labor and Industries.
“The industry is doing a great job of attracting talent.
The fact that we’re still not getting the number of people who are willing to relocate or find a job, that is a big problem,” said Joe Lusardi, a manufacturing economist with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
He said the state has had some of the best recruiting in the country for years, but there is still a lot to do.
“If we want to make sure we are attracting the talent that will be needed in the future, we need to attract a much larger pool of workers to this industry,” he added.
But the question is, will the industry continue to find the right workers and keep them there?
The state’s manufacturing sector employs roughly 9.3 million people, according the Ohio Manufacturers Association.
The manufacturing sector accounts for just under one in four jobs in the state, according a recent report by the Ohio Business Journal.
The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, according Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But the number added to the unemployment statistics is still very small.
There were 2.7 million job openings in the manufacturing sector, according data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
That’s up from 2.5 million in the same period in 2017.
But with that much uncertainty about whether the economy will be able to recover, some manufacturers may be feeling a bit lost.
The Ohio Manufacturing Association says it’s working with state and local government officials to help workers find good jobs in their communities.
It says it is doing outreach to businesses and employers in order to identify areas of weakness in their industries.
It is also working with other groups like faith-based organizations and community organizations to help those with a job loss find support and a path to re-enter the workforce.
For its part, the Ohio Department of Commerce and Economic Development says there are more than 4,400 manufacturing jobs in Ohio now.
There is a lot more to come.
The company that started manufacturing at the age of 25 in Canton, Ohio, is now a large manufacturing company with a big presence in the Southeast and Midwest.
But there are still some problems.
“It’s just so difficult to get the right kind of skills and a position.
You can be a truck driver and still be a factory manager,” said Chris O’Brien, who started manufacturing when he was 20 years old.
And with the downturn in the economy, manufacturing jobs have become increasingly difficult.
“We are definitely seeing more and more manufacturing job loss.
I think that is an indicator of our economy being in a bad place,” he explained.
O’Brien says that with the recent recession, companies like him have been struggling to find workers to fill the manufacturing jobs that have been lost.
“When we’re in the midst of a recession, we have a lot fewer workers to do manufacturing.
And when we’re looking for that manufacturing work, we’re at a disadvantage because the labor market is weaker,” he told ABC News.