Ohio Metro Economies: GMP and Job Growth

Metropolitan areas dominate Ohio’s economy. In 2017 they were home to 70.8% of the state’s population, and 83.5% of its jobs. The metro shares of Ohio’s jobs, wage income, 86.1%, and of real gross domestic product, 85.1%, have each increased over the last two decades. The metro proportion of state jobs is 1.3 percentage points higher than in 2000. And the productivity of those metro workers is higher than the state average, as witnessed by the greater metro share of GDP. Metro areas accounted for all of Ohio’s job gains and 87% of Ohio’s GDP gains since 2000.