OACC Legislative District Profiles – Middle Skill Job Occupations

OACC has compiled labor market information specific to each legislative district targeted toward “middle skill” occupations. The research involves “in-demand” job titles identified for state policy investment. This is an advocacy tool to demonstrate workforce demand for which community colleges provide affordable education and training.

What are “middle skill” jobs?

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has identified nearly 200 living-wage occupations for public workforce and other policy investment. The list is based on state employment statistics, projections data and job posting trend data from OhioMeansJobs.com.  OACC targeted the middle skill jobs that generally required advanced/technical skills beyond a HS diploma through associate degrees.

 What information is presented?

The sheets provide data on middle skill employment, including an allocation of these jobs amongst high-level regional industries. This includes 10-year projections of net growth; 10-year projected job openings; current regional middle skill wages; and largest industries of employment.

What is the information source?

Data are from Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., a proprietary database drawing from over 90 public sources for standardized industries and occupations. EMSI updates the core data (wages and job counts for industries and occupations) four times per year.  EMSI uses much of the same core data as OhioMeansJobs; however, EMSI has additional tools that allow occupation staffing and self-employment patterns to be drilled down to the ZIP code level.

What is the difference between job growth and job openings?

EMSI projects out net job counts 10 years for both industries and occupations utilizing a statistical regression model. For occupations, it can also calculate openings (growth plus replacement jobs from attrition). Openings are estimated using a rate of replacement per occupation developed by the federal government. This is very important as even areas with low net growth generally experience continuing demand from employee turnover. For example, statewide net growth of middle skill jobs is projected at 163,000 from 2015-25, while openings are projected at 670,000.

How did the OACC filter data to reflect Ohio’s state legislative districts?

EMSI data is available at both the county and ZIP code level. OACC obtained a list of ZIP codes for each legislative district. However, legislative district boundaries don’t fully adhere to ZIP code boundaries, so OACC mapped the districts as closely as possible.

How can this information be best used?

OACC intends to employ these as part of its advocacy work with individual legislators during the upcoming biennial budget cycle. These profiles show at the district level that living wage jobs are available at affordable education/training costs to students and taxpayers.

OACC would like our colleges to use these sheets for government relations when interacting with legislators and the local business community to illustrate how we can meet regional workforce needs. Each district profile will be available for download at www.ohiocommunitycolleges.org