ERIC Number: ED425349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Market Supply in the Four Counties Served by the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative.
Lewis, Morgan V.
A study examined the labor market supply in the four counties served by the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI). Data were collected on the characteristics of the following groups: labor market entrants from the Joint Vocational Schools (JVSs) serving the four counties and Shawnee State University, area Job Training Partnership Act clients, and workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant located in the area served by the SODI. Data were also collected through interviews with area work force development managers and a survey of 2,091 businesses with 10 or more employees that yielded 432 usable responses (response rate, 37.8%). Fewer than half the employers surveyed reported any job openings. Those jobs that were available tended to be in low-skill, low-wage occupations. Current workers and newspaper ads were the primary methods of recruiting new employees. Only about one in five employers recruited at JVSs for high school students, and even fewer recruited for adult trainees. It was recommended that SODI align itself with other economic and work force development initiatives in its service area and coordinate its efforts with theirs. (Thirty-one tables are included. Appended are an explanation of the survey methodology and the number of specific job openings reported.) (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Job Training, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Regional Planning, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio