Tribute To Ohio's Workforce On Labor Day
A Guest Column by State Senator Gayle Manning
September 02, 2015
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Labor Day is about more than just retail discounts and a three-day weekend; it is a tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of our modern workforce, which must constantly adapt to meet the demands of industry and technology.

Ohio has created more than 360,000 new private sector jobs since 2010. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Ohio’s unemployment rate is less than 5 percent, outperforming the national average of 5.3 percent. We have come a long way, but jobs and opportunity must remain our top priority in order to ensure that Ohio remains an excellent place to live, work and raise a family.

Shaping our state’s workforce for the 21st century requires the private sector and our partners in higher education to work collaboratively to equip more Ohioans for success in the workplace. As industries evolve, so must our workforce. Developing today’s workforce requires a multi-faceted approach, one that promotes more training opportunities for new workers and programs for existing workers to enhance their skills.

As your State Senator, I will continue to fight for a strong, safe and prosperous workforce. If we continue to work together as we have in the past four years, Ohio will further its path on the road to recovery and prosperity. In light of Labor Day weekend, I’d like to thank our workers, which have been an influential part of our state's history and industrial achievements. 

Your contributions to the economy of our great state and nation deserve to be recognized and it is thanks to you that we can enjoy our last barbeque of the summer season. Happy Labor Day! 

If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mail at

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