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Ohio tries to convince job hunters to go into insurance
Ohio insurers launch program to lure people to train for insurance jobs
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
In The Region:

As baby boomers retire in big numbers, the more than 250 insurance companies in Ohio are worried about a huge loss of workers.

Those companies are teaming up with the state to launch a program to recruit more people into insurance jobs. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says it’s a $6 billion industry in Ohio.

Taylor insurance important in Ohio

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"We have the ninth largest insurance market in the country, right here in Ohio, and 19th largest in the world, and we have over a hundred thousand jobs directly tied to the industry," Taylor said. 

A study from Columbus State Community College shows more than 17,000 insurance jobs will need to be filled in the next five years. And insurers say these aren’t only sales jobs; the industry will need IT specialists, actuaries and other positions.

The program’s website – insuringohiofutures.com – includes resources to help job-seekers match their skills and interests with positions within the insurance industry and will have links to insurance jobs that are now available.

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