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Columbus Boasts Highest Job Rate In The Nation

Some businesses are saying they need to hire so many workers, it is getting hard to find qualified applicants.

According to recently released report from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Columbus had the highest job growth in the nation last year with an increase of 6.4 percent.

Columbus Economic Development Board Executive Director Jason Hester says most of the jobs were in the manufacturing sector.

“Cummins has been a big driver, but others of our local manufacturers of all sizes have also been expanding,” he says.

Barry Parkhurst is Vice President of Administration NTN Driveshaft, a subsidiary of Japanese-based parts manufacturer NTN Corporation. The company added about 200 jobs last year and expects to add 100 more in the next few weeks. He says after last year’s hiring boom, his company is having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill some positions.

“Our trying to increase our numbers is becoming more and more difficult because of the workforce that’s available,” Parkhurst says. “I know that Columbus has a good workforce, and we are trying to hold our share and get all the good employees that we can to fulfill the numbers that we need.”

Local economic development officials says Columbus’ growth rate could stabilize in the coming years.

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