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Looking for a job? Cleveland and Ohio’s two other big cities are a good place to do it, according to an analysis from careers site Glassdoor.
Money magazine says Glassdoor’s list of the 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs is based on the number of current job openings, overall job satisfaction in each market and affordability of the area.
Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Kansas City topped the list — and Ohio’s big three of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland were Nos. 7, 8 and 9, respectively.
From the Money story:
The top three cities, all rapidly-evolving destinations for tech talent, have over 80,000 job openings each, and a cost of living that puts big cities to shame. Other Midwestern cities on the list, like Minneapolis and Detroit, have well over 100,000 openings a piece.
Salaries tend to rise in big city markets. But with an abysmal ratio between median pay and median home value (with average house prices as high as $1.5 million in San Francisco), that’s not much of a redeeming factor.
Cleveland (#9), by comparison, has a median home value of $134,600; about 40% below the national average. And a booming job market in Ohio (Columbus and Cincinnati are also in Glassdoor’s top 10) makes snagging a gig in the buckeye state easier than most places.
“When it comes to finding the best city for jobs, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better,” says Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. “These areas stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects along with a lower cost of living that allows more employees to live comfortably.”
Glassdoor says Columbus has 78,370 and a median base salary of $45,000. Cincinnati has 79,554 job openings and a median base salary of $44,637. Cleveland has 66,410 open jobs and a median base salary of $43,000.
Nationwide, the government reported this week, there were a record 6.17 million jobs open in July.
Cleveland law firm Tucker Ellis LLP is teaming up with Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education to offer firmwide emotional intelligence training to its attorneys and staff.
In a news release, Tucker Ellis said one group from the firm will participate in three in-person training sessions this fall “and work closely with executive coaches from Weatherhead between each class.” A second group “will learn through an online program teaching the same competencies as the in-person training.”
Tucker Ellis managing partner Joe Morford said in a statement, “Study after study illustrates that organizations that improve their overall EI show marked improvement in the services they provide, their work product, and their financial performance. This program is a great step forward for us, and we’re excited to see the fruits of our efforts in the years to come.”
The program is something of an extension of a 3-year-old partnership between Weatherhead and the CWRU School of Law to put emotional intelligence topics into its curriculum.
“Though there are universal characteristics and common principles of leadership across industries, each unique environment, including the legal community, has its own challenges that guide us back to core competencies—such as improving one’s emotional intelligence—that are rooted in decades of research and experience,” said Melvin Smith, faculty director of executive education at Weatherhead, where he is also a professor of organizational behavior, in a statement.
A partnership in Cleveland is mentioned in this Wall Street Journal story about a growing realization in government and academic circles that loneliness is hazardous to your health.
Indeed, The Journal says, more psychologists and doctors are calling for a public health campaign to fight loneliness.
Social isolation, loneliness and living alone all have a significant effect on risk of early death — and the risk is equal to or greater than major health problems such as obesity, according to one of two meta-analyses of data from multiple studies that Dr. (Julianne) Holt-Lunstad, (a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University), presented in August at an American Psychological Association convention. The second, which looked at data from 148 studies, found that having greater social connections is associated with a 50% reduced risk of premature death.
“Everybody has momentary pangs of loneliness, which are intended to motivate us to re-engage,” says Emma Adam, a professor of human development and social policy and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. “It’s really the kind of chronic loneliness where your body doesn’t have a chance to recover from those momentary experiences where loneliness really becomes a health problem.”
About 44 million adults age 45 and older experience chronic loneliness, according to a 2010 survey by AARP, an advocacy group for older adults. In the survey, 35% of respondents said they were chronically lonely, up from 20% in a similar survey a decade ago.
The story looks at a few programs that have had success in combating loneliness.
One is in Cleveland, where a retirement community run by Judson Services Inc. “launched an intergenerational housing program in which students from the Cleveland Institute of Music — and now other schools — are given free room and board within the community in exchange for musical performances,” the story notes.
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