August 18, 2014

1. In the Nation: Higher Paying Jobs Slowly Return after Recession
The National Employment Law Project, which tracks employment data, has chronicled the slow recovery of higher wage jobs after the most recent recession. Low-wage jobs made a comeback soon after the recession, but the same could not be said about middle- and high-wage jobs. The good news is that nearly 40 percent of the jobs created over the past six months have been in high-wage industries, compared with just a quarter during the last half of 2013.

2. In the State: High School Programs Prepare Students for Employment
Some Ohio high schools are offering a chance for students to earn credentials for employment and be ready for work upon graduation. Schools have developed partnerships with employers and colleges to train students for employment and/or make progress toward two- or four-year degrees. Beginning with this year’s state report cards, schools will be measured on how well they prepare students for life after high school.

3. In the Region: Cleveland's Young Adult Workforce Ranks among the Brightest in America
Cleveland continues to garner national attention. According to a study conducted by Cleveland State University, Cleveland ranks eighth in the nation for attracting highly skilled young professionals in the workforce, placing it ahead of "new economy cities" such as Chicago, Seattle, Austin, and Denver. Find out why this is so critical for Cleveland's resurgence.

4. At Community Solutions: CCS Welcomes The At
lantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates to Cleveland on Friday
Please join Community Solutions, in partnership with The City Club of Cleveland, on Friday (Noon-1:30 p.m.) as we listen to Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor of The Atlantic, deliver the Annual Eugene H. Freedheim Lecture at our 72nd Annual Human Services Institute. In his recent article, "The Case for Reparations," he argues that government reparations should be considered for African-American communities to make up for injustices that have built up over the years and left many on unequal footing. To register for this event, visit

5. This Week's CCS Infographic:
Information from the American Community Survey (ACS) informs the allocation of over $400 billion to communities for things such as schools, roads, and hospitals. The ACS is also an important source of information for Community Solutions’ applied research work. Learn more about where the data in the ACS comes from and what it is used for in the full infographic, available at 

Check out last week's "High On Ohio" featuring Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society



What We Do

A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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