Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | February 2024


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One of the things I enjoy doing each month as my colleagues and I pull together this newsletter is to read a wide array of articles. These are often about trends in the workplace, issues affecting the every day lives of people as they navigate their work and personal lives, topics relevant to the broader concept of inclusive capitalism, and living in the Cincinnati region.


This month, I was excited to find two sources of national rankings that include Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana employers. The first is from JUST Capital, which annually compiles the JUST 100 that ranks companies “on issues the American public says are the most important in demonstrating that the stock market is doing right by all stakeholders.” This year, Ohio has six employers on the list, making it the state with the third highest amount of JUST 100 companies.


Also in February, Forbes released two sets of rankings: America’s Best Large Employers and America’s Best Midsize Employers. Each of these are compiled with market research firm Statista and are based on surveys of more than 170,000 U.S.-based workers. Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana all have employers represented on both lists. Explore these lists and celebrate the employers who have been positively ranked.


At the Workforce Innovation Center, we know that our region has many employers who offer quality places to work, even if they are not ranked on these or other lists. We have designed our consulting practice to support any organization seeking to solve their workplace challenges and continue in their journey to be a quality place to work – for their employees and their business. So, if you are looking for resources to improve your workplace, let’s find a time to connect and discuss your priorities. And if you come across research or articles that you think are relevant to our work, please send them my way so I can include them in future newsletters.

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


Brookings Metro’s Regional Inclusive Growth Network

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Execs across political spectrum say DEI is critical for business, survey finds | Marketplace

Here is average salary in the U.S. in 2024. How does Ohio stack up? | Cincinnati Enquirer

The 2024 JUST100 rankings | CNBC

36 Ohio companies are among the best employers in the US, Forbes says. These made the cut | Cincinnati Enquirer

These Kentucky companies are among the best places to work, according to employee surveys | Louisville Courier Journal

These Indiana employers were rated among the best places to work by their workers | Indianapolis Star

It’s Been 30 Years Since Food Ate Up This Much of Your Income | The Wall Street Journal

Half of U.S. renters pay more than 30% of income on housing | PBS NewsHour

Employed But Unhappy: What’s in Store for US Workers in 2024 | Bloomberg

More high school graduates are opting out of 4-year degrees | Scripps News

Biden marks 15th anniversary of landmark Equal Pay Act with more steps to help federal workers | The Associated Press

KinderCare Confidence Index | KinderCare Learning Companies

Half of College Grads Are Working Jobs That Don’t Use Their Degrees | The Wall Street Journal

How to Get People to Seize Opportunities at Work | Harvard Business Review

Investing in the Development of Young, Remote Employees | Harvard Business Review

The Economy is Roaring. Immigration is a Key Reason. | The Washington Post