Downtown to downtown, Zanesville is 52 miles from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the U.S.A., via Interstate 70. The Columbus MSA has over two 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 41,000 people.
But Muskingum County is not an island; in fact, we are a regional center for health care, services, shopping and employment. Approximately, 9,000 commuters travel to Muskingum County from other counties to go to work. Click here to see a chart of Muskingum County commuting patterns. When looking at neighboring counties within a 45-minute commute, the regional labor force is 523,807 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 office 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 postings, application and pre-screening services are encouraged to work with Ohio Means Jobs – Muskingum County.
It should be noted that in the last 15 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.