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Ohio Jobs, Jobs, Jobs….

by Maureen McCabe on December 6, 2007

help wanted signToledo… I drive by Toledo occasionally but that’s the extent of my exposure… My view of Toledo is from the highway… actually once in the 80′s I remember driving through the city.  Toledo was foggy that night.

The Columbus Dispatch article today in the series about the seven large Ohio cities is about Toledo,  On the brink: Toledo  Leaders say manufacturing remains the answer for city  

The  Dispatch article written by Joe Hallett says ProMedica Health Systems and Mercy Health Partners, combined are the largest employers now with a  combined 18,400 employees (approximate.)

Yet city and regional officials say manufacturing remains the answer for the city.  Manufacturing and technology… doing old things in new ways. 

Manufacturing in Toledo means Jeeps and Chryslers… to me anyway.  I can see that from the highway.  I am not sure I knew there is a GM transmission plant…  other manufacturing, the Dispatch article says:

“At its 1970s peak, when the population was 383,818, Toledo was home to five Fortune 500 giants, but now only Owens-Corning and financially ailing Dana Corp. remain in the city limits. A downsized Owens-Illinois moved to a suburban industrial park, fleeing the downtown glass skyscraper it built on the Maumee River that, with the now-defunct Portside Festival Marketplace, symbolized yet another rebirth for Toledo in the 1980s.”

Does that mean the Jeep Chrysler plants and the GM transmission manufacturing facility are not in the Toledo city limits?

The former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, James Rivulo who now works as a lobbyist lives in Toledo.  Rivulo says the low cost of living and Toldeo amenities including the Mud Hens keep him in Toldedo.  Rivulo lobbies lawmkers in Columbus and Washington. 

Rivulo said in the article that  his three children will settle where they get the best jobs.

I had missed the news in late October that the Jeep / Chrysler Plant in Toledo had laid off the third shift because of lack of demand for the Chrysler Nitro.  In a discussion on ActiveRain another Columbus real estate blogger had commented “

“but didn’t Chrysler decide to stop building Jeeps up there? If so, that might explain why their focus is on assembly plants and why population declined if the workers went elsewhere.”

From the stats and graphs (also online in the Special Report in the Sunday December 2, 2007 Columbus Dispatch article: 

Toledo grew geographically from 1950 to 2000 from 38.3 square miles to 80.6 square miles.  Columbus is over 200 square miles as of 2006.

Toledo Population dropped from 303,616 to 298,448 from 1950 to 2006.  Columbus opoulation has grown to 733,203 as of 2006. 

Toledo Housing – median home value in 2000 dollars rose from 57,376 (in 2000 dollars) to 75,300 in 2000.  Columbus median home value in 2000 was 101,400.

Toledo Employment (average annual jobs ) went from 143,400 to 136,400, those figures are from 1983 to 2006…  Columbus had 392,300 averge annual jobs in 2006.

The Sunday December 2, 2007 Columbus Dispatch Special Report says:

“Except for Columbus, Ohio’s big cities have endured vast population and job losses, but now city leaderws realize the glory days aren’t coming back.”

“I went back to Ohio”

Columbus Big Cities’ Burbs

Blame it on “Sex and the City”

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