Competitive labor costs are plus for county

SANDUSKY Compared to the rest of Ohio, Erie County offers competitive labor costs for advanced manuf
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Compared to the rest of Ohio, Erie County offers competitive labor costs for advanced manufacturing.

A recent economic study shows manufacturing workers in Erie County earn an average of $55,000 a year.

That number is slightly lower than the Ohio average of $57,000 and significantly lower than the national average of $68,000.

The lower labor costs help make the county more of an attraction for advanced manufacturers, Erie County commissioner Tom Ferrell said.

"It makes us definitely a location to be considered," he said. "It just shows the price range to make their business a go."

Advanced manufacturing also tends to pay more, with the average wage rising from $57,000 in 2002 to $68,000 in 2006.

Minimum wage is not going to pay enough for people to stay in the county, said Rick Carson, director of The Job Store and workforce administrator for the Erie County Department of Job and Family Services.

"If we're offering competitive salaries, we're going to be able to attract and draw more potential skilled labor across the state and across the nation," Carson said. "It makes it attractive all the way around."

The economic study represents the second phase in the county's attempt to attract economic development to the area.

The next step is developing a strategic plan to bring the advanced manufacturing jobs here, said Mark Litten, director of the Erie County Economic Development Corp.

"We want to have a focused effort. We have minimal resources, and we want to spend them wisely," Litten said. "These industries are our best bets to target."

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