Competitive Advantages

  • Abundant Workers
  • Diverse Industries
  • Affordable Workforce

Abundant Workers

Downtown to downtown, Zanesville is 52 miles from Columbus, the 16th largest city in the U.S.A., via Interstate 70.  The Columbus MSA has over 1.7 million people.   While, Muskingum County is just outside the Columbus MSA, employers in Muskingum County will find a readily available work force.  The labor force in the county is just under 40,000 people.  But Muskingum County is not an island; in fact, we are a regional center for health care, services, shopping and employment.  Approximately, 8,000 commuters travel to Muskingum County from other counties to go to work.  See a map of Muskingum County commuting patterns.
When neighboring counties are included, the regional labor force is 190,000 people.  For the latest unemployment data, please connect to the Ohio Labor Market Web site.

When AVON Products opened its distribution center here in 2009, 11,000 people applied for 500 jobs.  That is over 20 applicants for every available job!  Fortunately, in Muskingum County we offer employers the services they need to successfully staff growing businesses.  The Opportunity Center, which is the One-Stop Employment center serving the needs of job seekers and employers, provided recruitment, application and screening services to AVON Products, saving the company time and money and allowing managers to focus on getting their business up and running.

Employers interested in help in job posting, application and pre-screening services are encouraged to work with the Muskingum County Opportunity Center.

It should be noted that in the last 10 years, Muskingum County has lost nearly 5,700 manufacturing jobs, a 56% decline.   This job loss has left a group of experienced, skilled and motivated manufacturing workers, who often are underemployed or unemployed.

Diverse Industries

Muskingum County has a diverse work force.  The sectors of health care/education, manufacturing, and retail sales are the biggest employers. 

 

Muskingum County Labor Force Composition

(Civilian Employed population 16 years and over)

By Occupation

Persons

%

Management, professional, and related occupations

9047

24.5%

Service occupations

7651

20.7%

Sales and office occupations

9012

24.4%

Farming, fishing and forestry occupations

103

0.3%

Construction, extraction, maintenance & repair

3411

9.2%

Production, transportation & material moving

7677

20.8%

Total Employed in Labor Force

36901

100.0%

 

By Industry

Persons

%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, & mining

683

1.9%

Construction

2868

7.8%

Manufacturing

6661

18.1%

Wholesale trade

1219

3.3%

Retail trade

5735

15.5%

Transportation, warehousing, utilities

1562

4.2%

Information

502

1.4%

Finance, insurance & real estate

1768

4.8%

Professional, scientific, management, & admin.

1323

3.6%

Educational services, health care & social serv.

8616

23.3%

Arts, entertainment, recreation, lodging & food serv.

3767

10.2%

Other services except public administration

1148

3.1%

Public administration

1049

2.8%

Total Employed in Labor Force

36901

100.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

 

Zanesville-Muskingum County Industries

 

 

Company

Location

Employees

Product/Service

Genesis Healthcare System

Zanesville

3000

Hospitals, clinics, outpatient

Zandex

Zanesville

1100

nursing homes

The Longaberger Company

Frazeysburg

900

wooden baskets

Dollar General

Washington Township

650

distribution center for retail stores

Shelly & Sands

Wayne Township

500

road construction, aggregate, asphalt

AVON Products

Washington Township

491

cosmetics distribution center

Autozone

Perry Township

480

auto parts distribution center

Muskingum University

New Concord

450

private university

Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Zanesville

360

glass liquor bottles

New Bakery

Washington& Perry Twnshps

327

hamburger buns

Kellogg's

Zanesville

297

non-meat protein products

Zane State College

Zanesville

240

community college

AK Steel

Zanesville

220

electrical & stainless steel

Time Warner

Zanesville

181

inbound call center

Anchor Glass

City of Zanesville

165

glass molds

Economy Linen

Zanesville

147

industrial laundry

Burnham Foundry

Falls Township

145

gray iron castings - heat exchangers

Ohio University - Zanesville

Zanesville

120

university branch campus

NFI Industries Union Township
116
Distribution Center

Cardinal Health

Washington Township

114

phamaceutical packaging

Nestle Purina

Zanesville

105

pet food

DK Manufacturing

Frazeysburg

100

auto parts 

Plaskolite

Perry Township

95

acrylic sheeting

Resource Systems

Union Township

80

software & systems for patient care

American Electric Power

Falls & Jefferson Twnshps

75

electric utility, gas plant, offices

Ballas Egg

Zanesville

75

egg products

Mattingly Foods

Zanesville

67

food distribution & trucking

5 B's

Perry Township

50

sportswear embroidery

Hartstone Pottery

Zanesville

33

handmade ceramics

Affordable Work Force

Zanesville is a “Micropolitan” community in eastern Ohio.  A low cost of living, low utility costs, and low taxes translate to a less costly labor market than metropolitan areas.  Please see the table below.  For a more detailed listing of wage rates by job classification, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site.

 

Hourly Wage Rate Comparison to Regional Metro Areas (All Occupations)

Region

Median

Mean

% of U.S. Avg.

Zanesville-Muskingum Co.(Eastern Ohio)

 $  12.89

 $   15.99

77%

Charleston, West Virginia

 $  14.29

 $   17.90

86%

Memphis, Tennessee

 $  14.62

 $   18.93

91%

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 $  15.50

 $   19.93

95%

St. Louis, Missouri

 $  16.20

 $   20.63

95%

Cincinnati, Ohio

 $  15.84

 $   20.35

97%

Cleveland, Ohio

 $  16.00

 $   20.16

96%

United States

 $  15.95

 $   20.90

100%

Columbus, Ohio

 $  16.34

 $   20.70

99%

Charlotte, North Carolina

 $  16.12

 $   21.10

101%

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 $  16.83

 $   21.19

101%

Atlanta, Georgia

 $  16.62

 $   21.88

105%

Chicago, Illinois

 $  17.71

 $   23.51

112%

New York, New York

 $  20.63

 $   27.05

129%

 

Source: May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/oes/2009/may/oes_3900003.htm

Worker's Comp

Ohio worker's compensation rates are calculated by the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation (BWC).

The Ohio BWC classifies industries according to the National Council of Compensation Insurance. Each separate industry classification has its own basic premium rate.

The cost of claims in each industry classification determines rates. Base rates are calculated by estimating the cost of claims expected to occur in the next year using costs of past accidents and diseases in each industrial classification.An employer's accident experience, fluctuations in payroll, medical costs, and worker's compensation benefit levels are primary factors in premium rates.

Rates in Ohio are on par with national averages as you can see from the map below. 

Operating Costs Operating Costs Legend

Read more about Ohio’s continuing progress at bringing down costs at the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation Web Site.