After Decline Of Steel And Coal, Ohio Fears Health Care Jobs Are Next

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By Robert Siegel
When people talk about jobs in Ohio, they often talk about the ones that got away.
“Ten years ago, we had steel. Ten years ago, we had coal. Ten years ago, we had plentiful jobs,” says Mike McGlumphy, who runs the job center in Steubenville, Ohio, the Jefferson County seat.
Today, the city on the Ohio River is a shell of its former self. And health care has overtaken manufacturing as the county’s main economic driver.
1 in 4 private sector jobs in the county are now in health care. The region’s biggest employer by far is the local hospital. Trinity Health System provides about 1,500 full-time jobs and close to 500 part-time jobs, more than Jefferson County’s top 10 manufacturing companies combined.
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