Fewer Ohio counties sharing in employment growth
By David Knox, Paladin Reports
(Note: This story was updated to reflect revised 2017 job data released Sept. 5, 2018.)
For most of Ohio’s history, the state’s 88 counties shared in the job growth during the expansions that followed each recession. For example, all but 10 counties posted record high employment in 1979, 1980 or 1981, the three years bracketing the January 1980 peak of the 1973-1980 business cycle. Those 78 counties (shown in green below) represented 96 percent of the state’s total population, according to the 1980 census.