Workforce & Training
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 over 36,000 people. But Muskingum County is not an island; in fact, we are a regional center for health care, services, shopping and employment. Approximately, 7,000 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 Ohio Means Jobs – Muskingum County, 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 Ohio Means Jobs – Muskingum County.
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.
What People are Saying
Operating a business in Muskingum County where Midwestern values are common has been great for our company. Our staff of 80 people is professional, very customer-oriented, hard working, and extremely loyal. The local colleges and universities have been a great source of talent. Our rapid growth is solely due to the quality of our people.
— Larry Triplett
President of Resource Systems
A provider of software & services to the health care industry
In the 20 plus years I have lived and worked in the Muskingum County community, I have found the work force to have an exceptional work ethic and trainability as well as a skill level that is second to none. Reliability and low turnover rate seems to be the norm rather than the exception.
— Darren R. Burrow
Plant Manager, Anchor Glass Container Corp.
Zanesville Mould Division
Plaskolite has successfully been in operation here in Zanesville for the past 10 years. During this time we have continued to grow and expand our acrylic sheet manufacturing facility. Our success is largely attributable to the quality of the workforce we have been able to recruit. The strong work ethic, positive attitudes, and pride in the quality of work performed of our employees allows us to be efficient and cost competitive in our markets. Zanesville and Muskingum County have proven to be a great fit for Plaskolite.
— Don Schultz
Operations Manager, Plaskolite, Inc.