Zanesville-Muskingym County Port Authority

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.  TheOpportunity 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 are often 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

2800

Hospitals, clinics, outpatient

Zandex

Zanesville

1100

nursing homes

Dollar General

Washington Township

700

distribution center for retail stores

Shelly & Sands

Wayne Township

500

road construction, aggregate, asphalt

Muskingum University

New Concord

450

private university

Autozone

Perry Township

423

auto parts distribution center

AVON Products

Washington Township

407

cosmetics distribution center

Time Warner

Zanesville

360

inbound call center

Kellogg's

Zanesville

345

non-meat protein products

Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Zanesville

345

glass liquor bottles

New Bakery

Washington& Perry Twnshps

327

hamburger buns

Fanatics

Frazeysburg

300
E-commerce fulfillment

The Longaberger Company

Frazeysburg

300

wooden baskets

Zane State College

Zanesville

240

community college

AK Steel

Zanesville

180

electrical & stainless steel

Economy Linen

Zanesville

152

industrial laundry

Casting Solutions (formerly Burnham)

Falls Township

125

gray iron castings - heat exchangers

Ohio University - Zanesville

Zanesville

120

university branch campus

Nestle Purina

Zanesville

120

pet food

Halliburton

Washington Township
108
oil and gas well services

Producers Services

Zanesville

100

oil and gas well stimulation

DK Manufacturing

Frazeysburg

100

auto parts 

Plaskolite

Perry Township
100
acrylic sheeting

Cardinal Health

Washington Township

98

phamaceutical packaging

Eclipse Resources

Perry Township
90
oil and gas production

Resource Systems

Union Township

90

software & systems for patient care

Anchor Glass Container

City of Zanesville
89
glass molds

NFI/Colgate

Union Township
86
Distribution Center

5 B's

Perry Township

85

sportswear embroidery

Mattingly Foods

Zanesville

79

food distribution & trucking

American Electric Power

Falls & Jefferson Twnshps

75

electric utility, gas plant, offices

Ballas Egg

Zanesville

75

egg products

ACCCO American Ceramic & Clay

Roseville
70
ceramic products

Conns Potato Chips

Wayne Township
50
potato chips

Muskingum Iron & Metal

Zanesville
48

metal recycling

Axion Plastics

Perry Township
48
plastic recycling

Creative Packaging

Wayne Township
48

corrugated packaging

White Castle

Perry Townsip
35
food manufacturing

The Bilco Company

Perry Township
31
window wells and cellar doors

Hartstone Pottery

Zanesville

30

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)

 $ 13.90

 $ 17.31  

78%

Charleston, West Virginia

 $ 14.90

 $ 18.74 

84%

Memphis, Tennessee

 $ 15.17 

 $ 19.82 

89%

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 $ 16.91 

 $ 21.61

97%

Cincinnati, Ohio

 $ 17.01

 $ 21.88  

98%

St. Louis, Missouri

 $ 17.07

 $  21.92

98%

Cleveland, Ohio

 $ 17.12

 $  21.82

98%

Columbus, Ohio

 $ 17.00

 $ 22.00

99%

United States

 $ 16.87

 $ 22.33

100%

Charlotte, North Carolina

 $ 16.99

 $ 22.51  

101%

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 $ 17.44

 $ 22.32  

100%

Atlanta, Georgia

 $ 17.16

 $ 23.21  

104%

Chicago, Illinois

 $ 17.63

 $ 23.66  

106%

New York, New York

 $ 20.80

 $ 27.89  

125%

 

Source: May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_3900003.htm#00-0000