By Sarah Taylor, WKSU
A scorecard assessing Akron’s economic health finds things are looking up, with nearly full employment and other positive signs.
The Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaboration of Northeast Ohio organizations, has been tracking data as it works to improve the region’s economy and encourage equitable access to opportunity.
In its latest scorecard it finds Akron employment at 74.7 percent, near the full employment benchmark of 75 percent. The Fund’s director of job preparation Janine Kaiser also said job growth in companies that are less than five years old has been strong here. “Akron is one of the places that’s doing somewhat better than the region as a whole at least in the last 5 years,” Kaiser said. “The trajectory is stronger and growing more quickly.”