Five years ago, the Dayton region’s top in-demand jobs were in construction, manufacturing, health care and trucking.
Today, those jobs still remain high in demand but local companies said the openings are becoming harder to fill as the economy continues to grow.
“There’s definitely a shortage of tradesmen — carpenters, welders, ironworkers, plumbers, anything in the skilled trades,” Jeff Schlarman, a superintendent at Shook Construction Co., said about the construction industry.
The same concern can be seen in other industries in this region, according to state data analyzed by the Dayton Daily News.
The desire to make this community the best it can possibly be is what drove the Dayton Daily News to launch The Path Forward, which is a focused effort on finding solutions to the region’s most important problems. In addition to the economy, the team is investigating ways to tackle the addiction crisis and challenges facing Dayton schools.