According to the United States Census, Union County-Marysville is part of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes over 900,000 people in the workforce. Nearly 24,000 of the 900,000 people in Columbus MSA are provided by Union County. The Columbus MSA has a diverse economy with major emphasis in the service and logistics industries while the Union County economy is primarily made up of manufacturing and research and development. You may access more labor information by going to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services website.

The Columbus MSA consistently has a lower unemployment rate compared to the remainder of state. Accordingly, workforce development becomes an important issue for our existing companies. This also prepares our community’s workforce to be better trained and educated for new companies looking to expand.

Local Workforce Resources

Union County welcomes any business or company that is planning to move into our area. Our community provides many advantages including our hard working citizens. We welcome you to Union County and would like to provide assistance to you with respect to your workforce needs.

Ohio Means Jobs – Union County
Ohio Means Jobs – Union County (OMJ) provides various services for residents, employees and companies looking for training and job placement. OMJ assists residents of Union County and surrounding counties with locating jobs and with training to improve their ability to further their career. Working closely with the Union County Economic Development Partnership, the Union County Workforce Policy Board, and the Union County Department of Job and Family Services, OMJ assists companies with employee searches, job placement, applicant screening, and applicant interviewing. There are no fees for any of the OMJ services. For more information contact:

Ohio Means Jobs – Union County
940 London Avenue, Suite 1500
Marysville, Ohio 43040
866.645.2018 (toll free)

Union County Business, Education, and Workforce Team
The Union County Workforce Policy Board, the statutory name for the Union County Business, Education, Workforce Team (BEWT), provides communication between the business community and government in Union County. It works on various tasks including employee/corporate training, interview training, bi-annual wage/benefit survey, annual job fair, a K-12 grant program, and educational workshops for local educators.

Union County Job Fair – The Union County Job Fair is held annually and connects Union County employers with potential employees. Besides networking opportunities with area employers, the Union County Job Fair also provides on-site resume reviews, soft-skills training and interviewing techniques to ensure that Union County residents are better prepared for and able to obtain employment positions within the community. For more information, please contact Ohio Means Jobs – Union County, by calling 937.645.2018.

Wage and Benefit Survey – This Union County Wage & Benefit Survey is produced every two years by the Business, Education & Workforce Team and Union County employers. Local employers and prospective employers can use the survey to set fair, competitive salary and benefit packages; and estimate costs for adding new staff. For more information about the survey, or if you have a specific workforce-related question, please contact the Union County Economic Development Partnership by calling 937.642.6279.

Click to Download the 2014 Wage & Benefit Survey

Click to Download the 2010 Wage & Benefit Survey

Business-Education Connection Grant Program – With the support of local businesses, the Union County Business-Education Connection Grant Program allows educators in Union County schools to seek funding to implement classroom projects that focus on business development, financial literacy, economic and entrepreneurial development. The projects implemented are designed to help students understand the functions of Capitalism and the open-market theory.

Employment Resources

Columbus Internships
Columbus Internships, a program of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, connects local college students with regional employers for internship opportunities.

Ohio Export Internship Program
The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed to help businesses by matching them with highly motivated students, from Ohio universities and colleges, who have taken export-focused coursework at Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University or Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University.

Job Seekers – Ohio Means Jobs
Ohio Means Jobs connects job seekers and employers across Ohio. The state-sponsored website allows employers and job candidates to upload resumes, research key job openings, and apply for positions.

Union County Educational System 

Creating life-long learners is at the top of our community’s goals. Students enrolled in any of Union County’s districts are challenged to reach for excellence through programs that focus on building strong academic skills, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and social/civic growth. The success of Union County’s school districts is well documented: Union County is one of only two counties in Ohio where every major school district received “Excellent with Distinction” in 2012.

The impact of our public education system is further enhanced by the three career centers serving Union County: Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Tolles Career & Technical Center, and Tri-Rivers Career Center. These institutions provide cutting-edge education and career training opportunities for students by partnering with local employers to develop customized curriculum, specialized training programs, and internships.

Fairbanks Local School District

Jonathan Alder Local School District

Marysville Exempted Village School District

North Union Local School District

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Tri-Rivers Career Center

Marysville Early College High School

In late 2013, Marysville Exempted Village School District was awarded $12.4 million through the State of Ohio’s Straight-A Fund to establish the Marysville Early College High School (ECHS). The ECHS is Ohio’s first manufacturing-related STEM Early College High School. By using a “Fast Track” school design, the program increases achievement for students as they earn 45-60 college credits and a high school diploma in four years. The ECHS drives more resources to the classroom by transforming a vacant school into a state-of-the-art innovation center where partners share space, services and programs that increases regional access to high quality, industry-standard career/tech, college, and workforce-development programs. The school will serve nearly 2,000 youths and adults by 2019.

For more information about the Marysville Early College High School, please click here.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy – Marysville

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way. For more information, please click here.

Transportable Training and Education Lab (T-TEL) Program 

The Transportable Training and Education Lab (T-TEL) Program will establish (or expand) permanent labs at Tolles, Ohio Hi-Point, and Tri-Rivers Career Centers. The project also includes the purchase of a mobile lab that will visit area schools and industries to promote careers in the manufacturing sector and provide on-site incumbent worker training. The program will provide access to over 78,000 K-12 students and potentially thousands of incumbent workers in Champaign, Franklin, Hardin, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, and Union Counties.

It is anticipated that the program will be launched in 2016. For more information, please click here.


Union County is strategically located near several institutes of higher education:

Antioch University
Capital University

Columbus State Community College
Franklin University
Kaplan College – Columbus
Ohio Northern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University – Lima
The Ohio State University – Marion
Otterbein University
Otterbein University – Marysville
Urbana University
Wright State University

Otterbein University – Marysville Innovation Center

Beginning in the fall of 2015, Otterbein University began offering a four-course Organizational Leadership Certificate, taught entirely in the evening for adult learners at the Otterbein-Marysville Innovation Center (OMIC) at the Marysville Early College High School. In addition to the Leadership Certificate, various communication courses will be offered in a hybrid course delivery – incorporating in-class and online study.  These credit-bearing classes will be offered in the evening and may count toward additional leadership degrees. For more information, please click here.

Adult Education Opportunities 

Click to download our Adult Education Directory for a list of programs available to Union County residents.

Regional & State Workforce Assistance

Ohio Workforce and Talent Division
The Ohio Development Services Agency’s Workforce and Talent Division provides a variety of customized training grant programs aimed at creating and retaining jobs by improving worker’s skills and abilities. The division’s training grant programs are coordinated by 12 Regional Workforce Development Directors, who assess the unique training needs of companies and guide employers through all phases of the application and approval process at no cost to businesses

Ohio Development Services Agency
77 South High Street, 28th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Ohio 1st Stop Business Connection
The 1st Stop Business connection provides information about state rules and regulations for business start-ups and expansion in Ohio. 1st Stop serves as a depository for state business-related forms, which can be obtained via its full-service website. Potential and existing entrepreneurs can also order a business information kit via 1st Stop’s toll-free number. In addition, 1st Stop acts as a referral service to direct new or expanding businesses to technical, financial or managerial assistance available from state agencies and local Small Business Development Centers.

Ohio Department of Development 1st Stop Business Connection
P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, Ohio 43216

Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 serves as the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region. Their mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth throughout Central Ohio. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach to existing economic base companies, markets the Region to growing companies worldwide, conducts customized research to better understand the Region’s competitiveness and makes strategic economic development investments by leveraging public, private and institutional partnerships.

Columbus 2020
150 South Front Street
Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Columbus Chamber of Commerce
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce leads and supports economic growth and development for the Greater Columbus community in the global marketplace. The Chamber boasts a membership of 4,000 businesses and provides services such as business development seminars, professional forums and business assistance and counseling, as well as a variety of networking events. It houses programs such as the International Center at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the South Central Ohio Minority Business Council and the Columbus Venture Network as well as other affiliate organizations.

Columbus Chamber of Commerce
150 S. Front St., Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215