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Report: Great Recession's Effects Continue to Ripple Through Ohio

New research shows full-time working women in Northeast Ohio earn about 75 percent of what men earn. (Pixabay)
New research shows full-time working women in Northeast Ohio earn about 75 percent of what men earn. (Pixabay)
June 21, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- New research indicates that years after it ended, the effects of the Great Recession continue to ripple through Ohio's workforce.

An examination by the Center for Community Solutions on workforce characteristics in Northeast Ohio showed continued differences in unemployment rates, occupation, and earnings between genders and among racial and ethnic groups.

According to Emily Campbell, assistant director at the center, among the report's key findings are that women are earning less than men, and African-Americans comprise the bulk of workers in most low-wage jobs.

"The fact that women and people of color seem to be concentrated in occupations that have lower median earnings means that we have some work to do," Campbell said. "Looking at what the workforce is now can help us plan for the future and have effective strategies as we try to improve."

The research, which looked at the labor force from 2011 to 2013, showed the 63 percent participation rate in the region was slightly lower than the rate from 2008 to 2010.

While the findings are for an eight-country region, Campbell noted that employment trends tend to be similar across Ohio.

The report found that full-time median incomes for African-Americans and Hispanics were about 70 percent of the median for white workers. And women working full time earned around 75 percent of what men earned.

According to Campbell, some of this has to do with the salary differences between various occupations.

"When you look at the highest-paid occupations, they are either split evenly between men and women or there are more men than women," she said. "And white males seem to be more concentrated in the STEM occupations that tend to have higher median earnings."

The report noted that local Workforce Development Boards are collaborating with educational institutions, businesses and local leaders to develop a strategy to reduce disparities in earnings in the region and to help workers move from part-time to full-time employment.

Read more about the report at www.communitysolutions.com.


Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH