How to know if you’re in Cincinnati and how to get in: The best way
CINCINNATI — If you’re a Cincinnati economic reporter, you probably already know that the city is the second-most populated city in the United States, behind only New York City.
The rest of the nation is growing faster, and Cincinnati is the fastest-growing major metro area in the country.
But you may not know that you live in a big economic center.
And it’s one you can’t afford to miss.
Cincinnati, home to nearly 40 million people, is also one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation, with more than 30,000 new businesses opening each month.
But for a growing population and an economy that has seen a massive shift to technology, that can quickly make your job and your life a bit more complicated.
For starters, it’s not unusual to have a job that’s part-time.
A recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that only 27 percent of respondents were working full time, and that number is rising.
It’s also not unusual for people to take on new jobs that require little to no experience.
The median salary for full-time employees in the Cincinnati area is $23,000, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a number that’s nearly double the national average of $16,000.
That’s not all, though.
Most of those new jobs pay $11 or less an hour, and many are at minimum wage.
But the growth is just starting to slow, and it may take decades for all the new jobs to pay as much as they once did.
For one, the average income for a full-timer in the area is just $27,000 a year, down from $46,000 in 2015, according the BLS.
And it’s getting worse.
The median household income in the region is $51,200, down $9,200 from 2016, according Census data.
The national median household wage is $50,200.
For a lot of people in the community, the economic pain is only just beginning.
Cindy McAllister, who’s worked as a reporter for The Plain Dealer for more than 25 years, said the real problem is not the new job opportunities, but the lack of them.
She said the lack are starting to make her worry that the people who should be the face of the city aren’t.
She thinks that the economy has lost its backbone.
“You know what, I think the economy, in general, is really good right now,” McAllistersaid.
“And we’re just not having the jobs.”
Cincinnati’s unemployment rate is 7.9 percent, but it’s far above the national rate of 6.4 percent.
The metro area’s poverty rate is 22.6 percent, and its unemployment rate stands at 20.6.
McAllisters employer, the Cincinnati Urban League, has been looking to fill jobs for the past five years.
It started with just 10 workers, but now has more than 100, McAllisit.
And McAllisthe company is working with the city and local governments to create jobs.
The Urban League says the new hiring plan includes more than 150 temporary and part-timers, which is more than double the number the group had in 2016.
McAllister says that a big part of the problem is that businesses have lost interest in hiring, and she thinks it’s only going to get worse.
Cynthia Davis is an associate editor for USA TODAY.