Located near the exact center of Ohio in Franklin County, Columbus had a 2017-2018 population of 787,033, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Columbus enjoyed an unemployment rate of only 3.5% in March 2018. The city had a reported $24.05 average hourly wage as of May 2017. Columbus was also reported to be No. 1 for job growth and population growth among the largest metropolitan midwestern regions in the U.S., based on data from the Census Bureau and the BLS.
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The Columbus Region website reports that the following are the top 10 employers in the 11-county area that makes up the region. Each of these organizations employs at least 3,000 persons, with JP Morgan Chase & Co. far exceeding that with more than 20,000 employees.
- JP Morgan Chase & Co.
- Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
- Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
- L Brands, Inc.
- Cardinal Health
- Huntington Bancshares, Incorporated
- American Electric Power Company, Inc.
- Alliance Data Card Services
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Bureau of Labor Market Information, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) between 2014 and 2024. These occupations will experience at least 27% growth during that time.
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Home Health Aides
- Interpreters and Translators
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Occupational Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- Operations Research Analysts