Southeast Ohio Facts
The eight-county region has 255,000 residents.
(Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington counties)
The workforce includes 112,400 people, with 7,700 people looking for work.
Many workers commute outside the region to work (net-out migration of
nearly 11,000 or about one out of 10 workers
), according to the 2000 Census. Many would prefer to work closer to home.
This is an affordable labor region.
The average weekly manufacturing wage in the region was $649 (year 2001 data),
which was 79% percent of the state average, according to the Labor Market
Information office of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
There is four-lane highway access
to and from the region via Interstate-77, U.S. Route 33, U.S. Route 50, and
State Route 32.
Aggressive business assistance and incentives
are available through state programs in most southeast Ohio counties.
Educational and training resources are abundant:
Community College, Marietta
Hocking College - Perry Branch, New Lexington
University - Meigs Branch, Middleport
Joint Vocational School, Nelsonville
Washington County Career Center, Marietta
Career Center, Woodsfield
(Technical schools also available in adjacent counties)