Toledo 96th in Jobs behind other major Ohio Cities

Forbes announced their best cities for Jobs. Toledo ranked 96, behind other major Ohio cities.

Table: Best Cities For Jobs
Other Ohio cities ahead:
07 ---- 06
56 57 Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
65 54 Columbus, OH
92 94 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
95 88 Dayton, OH
96 97 Toledo, OH

Check it out yourself here (fixed). You can see the data sorted by different criteria. Check it out if you get a chance.

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the link doesn't seem to be working.

Your link goes to nothing. Where's the beef?

The difference between a - and a = fixed

are people still wondering about the brain drain?

OH and MI faired very poorly on this list.

According to Wikipedia, there are 254 cities in the USA of 100000 people on up. Toledo is #59 on such a list, hence there are 58 cities that are larger. Yet, Toledo is #96 in job suitability. Since no natural disaster ever washed Toledo away in the recent past, then we can see that this is a fundamental condemnation of the economy in the area. Toledo is not doing badly (with respect to any peer cities) from some natural disadvantage. No, Toledo is doing badly since we are CHOOSING to be an economic hellhole. For a list of positives, we have access to a lot of fresh water, we have some trasportation positioning as a hub, we could swim in Ohio corn if we wished, and finally, there is a strong Midwest-Middle-Class background to the population. Yet, we're poor and becoming poorer with each passing year.

So, how did we CHOOSE to become so poor?

1. Over-Unionization. Unions were great for combatting abusive employers, but once union labor achieved parity with management, the unions kept right on going and within decades had locked the region right up with their entitlement mindset. Predictably, employers fled and emloyees became dull.

2. Edjakashun. If Rusty Cities like Toledo and Detroit had such wonderful school systems, then why are their student bodies fleeing in disproportion to falling population? Why has crime become so bad in such areas? The answer is that the educational systems servicing Rusty Cities like us are failing us greatly. Recent reports show that Ohio's public school systems are in the top ten of teacher compensation, yet they are overlapped with terrible student performance. This is just more Over-Unionization at play; the unions have a tight hold on these school systems and are more concerned about their money than about teaching children in an increasingly difficult environment of bad student home lives.

3. Elitism. Truth be told, about the only people who are doing well in Ohio are the yuppies. The media constantly serves up their viewpoint, yet yuppie sentiments don't match the majority of the working class. This only leads to massive elitism, as politicians look down on voters, college grads look down on common workers, home buyers look down on renters, etc.

We can choose to stop being poor, but the cultural forces at work are just too strong to stop our degradation before we see the actual bread-and-soup lines around Toledo. Will we start choosing dignity over obedience? How about actual home ownership over toxic mortgages? Will the college grads learn to work in harmony with the men who pass high school? Will saving money again become a virtue?

Here's the mid-2006 Forbes list for the top 15 cities nationwide for obtaining a job:

If you'd just have been a little faster, I wouldn't have had to resort to the "F-bomb". Jr's probably still keeping track of my F-bomb usage even here on Swamp Bubbles. :^)

You forgot to mention the untility rates, the city government and the whole child prostitution angle.

I learned recently that Menard's was going to put an assembly plant in Toledo, but the mayor (I don't know which one, Carty or Ford) pissed them off so badly they went elsewhere.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

I'm recalling that we've looked at such a list before -- just last year? -- and noted that there was no Ohio city below #60. In fact, the highest rated city that is anywhere close to our "economic dead zone" is Indianapolis (#41, and last year #18). Cinci rates #56/57; Akron 61/74; Columbus 65/54; Cleveland 92/94; Dayton 95/98; Toledo 96/97; and finally Youngstown 98/98. Note that Detroit is still holding steady at #100 in both years.

Didn't anyone catch the news item in the Blade a few days ago that said food-stamp program participation in Ohio rose 74% since 2001? Over 1 million people in Ohio receive food stamps. (I betcha more than a few of those work at Wal*Mart, but I digress.) Since Ohio has over 11 million people, that means about 1 person in 11 is on continual welfare of some kind.

Ohio is fucked. If the cheapness of our living was an attractor, we'd have attracted companies to the state by now. The funny thing is, we pretend that it's not fucked, and then continue spending our money like we're 12-yr-old girls. Disgusting.

Well, the era of easy credit is over. We need to start seeing people in soup lines around here (that is, more than usual, since actual soup lines in Central Ohio have been running over capacity since 2001). Until people actually suffer from their financial stupidity, we're not going to see any cultural improvement.

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