What kind of jobs are there in Youngstown, OH?

Manufacturing has historically led the Youngstown area's economy, with General Motors at the forefront. However, the GM assembly plant in nearby Lordstown was idled in March 2019 when it stopped producing the Chevrolet Cruze small car. The plant was sold to Lordstown Motors, a startup that now makes electric pickup trucks there.

A recent surge in educational services with the growth of Youngstown State University has increased job prospects, while opportunities in health care, thanks to two major medical systems, Mercy Health and Steward Health Care, have diversified the local economy. Other major health care employers include Akron Children's Hospital, Sharon Regional Health System and UPMC Horizon - Shenango Valley. 

The area is also poised for growth in the tech world as the Youngstown Business Incubator – a nonprofit organization that aids entrepreneurs in growing their businesses – continues to grow. Other major employers include Youngstown City Schools, Mahoning and Trumbull County governments, the U.S. Postal Service, the Diocese of Youngstown, call center companies InfoCision and Alorica, nursing home company Windsor House and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Youngstown's unemployment rate is higher than the national average, and residents generally earn less than in other major metro areas.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 4.8 /10

How we calculate this.

Youngstown has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

2.0 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.