CINCINNATI — While unemployment has caused pains for many local people, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently listed careers which are in high demand right now across Ohio.
One of those careers was as a first responder, and officials with the Cincinnati Police Department said they have seen the need firsthand.
"There's always going to be people that need us, and we need the personnel to be able to respond and help people out," Sgt. Dwayne Wilson with CPD said. "This profession isn't going away."
Wilson is in charge of recruiting, and he said when the pandemic hit, he and the department had to do things a little differently.
"We were supposed to test in March ... but then COVID hit, so the tests were put on hold," Wilson said.
Now the process is restarting, and while 2,500 people have signed up to take the recruitment test, that number is far lower than the 7,000 who signed up for the test 15 years ago.
In addition to first responders, DeWine said, healthcare, education and customer service representative jobs are also in high demand. There are also more than 8,000 openings for truck drivers.
"There are definitely employers that desperately need people," Eric Plummer, the business services representative for Ohio Means Jobs in Clermont County, said. "Our economy could be moving faster in the right direction than it already is if there were more people that would go to work."