- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio saw more job openings during a 30-day period last fall than at any time since the state began tracking that statistic in 2011, state officials said last week.

The state had 240,000 posted openings between mid-October and mid-November, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Friday. Nearly 50,000 of those openings were in central Ohio and more than 40 percent of listed jobs paid at least $50,000.

Statewide, the top opening was for truck drivers with nearly 17,000 ads, followed by registered nurses, retail workers and customer-service representatives.

Bill LaFayette, of the economic consulting firm Regionomics, said the demand for truckers was caused by turnover, not a need for additional drivers.

“I’ve heard again and again that people are screaming for truck drivers,” he said. “The problem is, from what I understand, especially with long-haul drivers, is that people don’t realize what they’re getting into. There is serious turnover at the beginning.”

Software developers, information-technology project managers, website developers, cashiers, accountants and laborers also appeared on the list.

State officials said about 255,000 Ohioans were listed as unemployed.

LaFayette said the openings in central Ohio particularly reflect how the economy relies on an assortment of industries.

“That goes back to the relative diversity of our employment base,” he said. “That’s not necessarily surprising to me, either.”

Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which puts out the monthly report, said the jobs reflect the diversity of the economy and employers who are hiring.

The Cleveland Clinic had the most openings in Ohio with more than 2,000. Cincinnati’s Mercy Health ranked second and Columbus-based OhioHealth was third.

More than half the openings required a high-school degree or GED. About 1 in 5 required a bachelor’s degree and roughly 1 in 10 required an advanced degree.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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