Labor Market Information

We generate and share labor market information on high demand occupations to inform decisions and inspire action.

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Understand New Dynamics

An employer research study has been commissioned by the ConxusNEO Board of Directors to understand employer experience in recruiting and retaining talent since the onset of the pandemic. A working age adult research study  will be conducted with a random sample of residents in Summit, Medina and Portage counties so we can learn about the challenges and experiences residents face as a result of the pandemic when seeking, securing and maintain work. 


Convey IT Workforce Challenges

Employers of information technology workers in Northeast Ohio responded to a survey to inform the Information Technology Sector Partnership’s new strategy. Responses were gathered about current and prospective IT projects, key skills (IT and other professional skills) desired in their IT workforce, and credible sources of IT talent. The report highlights challenges that regional employers face when seeking to fill necessary and in-demand technology roles in order to deliver critical current and future IT projects. The report also calls out the critical need to develop new and innovative approaches to tackle and address gaps in our IT talent pipeline and workforce.

Sourcing IT Talent: Key Findings from NEO Employers (2020)


Identify Workforce Needs

By utilizing Burning Glass Labor Insight data provided by Shanahan Resources, Inc., we were able to take the next steps to launch a healthcare sector partnership in 2019. This information was vetted by healthcare organizations to define the demand for talent and develop innovative strategies to address workforce issues. Learn more about the healthcare sector partnership.


Engage Companies

We engage companies to help us develop career pathway infographics for high-demand occupations. By utilizing Bureau of Labor Statistics data, these infographics provide a tool for individuals to envision career pathways that begin with high-demand occupations and grow by building upon existing skills and gaining additional training. As a result, job seekers and students can have confidence that these pathways are realistic to advance their career goals.

Data included on the infographics for each occupation: skills needed, description of the occupation, median wage (without benefits) in the Akron MSA.

Pathways document
Pathways—Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Healthcare PDF

Generate And Share

We utilize EMSI data to update our High Demand Forecast of occupations in order for our community to have up-to-date information of good-paying jobs that are in demand in northeast Ohio. The jobs listed in our forecast have a median wage of at least $15/hour and anticipate at least 1,000 openings over the next ten years.

High Demand High Wage Forecast
High Demand High Wage Forecast 2018-2028 PDF

Our strategic approach is supported by the Two Tomorrows report, recently released by the Fund for our Economic Future.

Unveil Skills Gaps

In July 2017, ConxusNEO, in partnership with RITE and MAGNET, conducted a skills gap research project to measure the gap between the supply of graduates from Northeast Ohio colleges and universities, and the number of in-demand, entry-level occupations in which recent college graduates qualified. By utilizing Burning Glass Labor Insight provided by Shanahan Resources, Inc. and insight gained from companies, ConxusNEO supported the Information Technology and Manufacturing  Industry Sector Partnerships to take strategic action to close the skills gap. Funding support for this project was also provided by Stark State College, Lorain County Community College, and Cuyahoga County Community College.

Inform Pathway Offerings

Beginning November 2016, ConxusNEO provided EMSI data to Akron Public Schools to support its process to select high demand, high wage career pathways for transitioning each high school into a college and career academy by 2019.

Michelle Cassetty Collins, Vice President

Michelle Cassetty Collins

Vice President

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