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Site likes Troy, Beavercreek for job searchers

A consumer financial information web site has named two Miami Valley cities as among the “best cities for job seekers in Ohio.”

The Jan. 21 report from says Troy and Beavercreek are among the best cities for those looking for a job, ranking them at Nos. 4 and 10, respectively.

Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, the site says that Troy is home to companies like Evenflo Inc. (actually based in nearby Piqua), F&P America and what until 2012 was Goodrich Corp., now part of UTC Aerospace Systems. The site says Troy’s median household income is $50,403 and puts its August 2013 unemployment rate at 6.7 percent.

Troy Mayor Michael Beamish says his city offers a “good bang for the buck” in amenities, quality of life and an array of strong businesses. He said it’s good that someone sees Troy’s strengths.

“For me, I think it’s outstanding news,” Beamish said of the report.

Troy’s top five employers all have 600 or more employees.

“Our economic development efforts here really have paid off. We have a pretty diverse economy,” said Jim Dando, Troy’s development director.

F&P America Manufacturing, an OEM parts supplier to the auto industry, is buying a very large stamping machine that will increase their employment, Dando said. The company added about 100 workers in the past two years and are up to 950 local workers today, he said.

And the report calls Beavercreek “one of the smartest cities” for job seekers, saying 48.7 percent of residents have bachelor’s degrees, according to the Census.

It put Beavercreek’s median household income at $74,533 and its jobless rate last August at 6.3 percent.

Beavercreek is on the doorstep of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio’s largest single-site employer with nearly 30,000 active-duty military and civilian employees. The city is also home to numerous defense contractors, drawn to the area by Wright-Patterson.

Mike Cornell, Beavercreek city manager, agreed with the report. “Our citizens continue to build on these strengths,” he said.

The web site says it examined three principal questions: Is the community growing, is it affordable and are most residents employed?

The top Ohio cities on the list are Marysville, Dublin, Findlay, Upper Arlington, Perrysburg, Hilliard, Grove City and North Ridgeville.

Nationally, NerdWallet names Austin, Texas as the best place to find a job, followed by Washington, D.C.

“For job seekers in Ohio, there’s a chance to flourish in next-generation manufacturing using technologies like 3-D printing or innovate with careers in cybersecurity or IT,” report author Maggie Clark wrote. “After years of large-scale layoffs due to outsourcing traditional manufacturing jobs, Moody’s Analytics projects that Ohio will grow 76,420 jobs in 2014 in fields like health care, education and skilled trades.”

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