Economic Outlook Improving for Summit and Stark Counties

By: Amanda Barna

For the seventh straight year, residents of both Summit and Stark counties have voiced their concerns with employment issues. Results from the Summit and Stark Polls show that although county residents are still very concerned about employment issues such as not enough jobs and high unemployment rates, the percentage of respondents who cited employment issues as the most important problem facing the county drastically decreased since 2010 in both counties.

While the proportion of county residents who view employment related issues as the most important problem in the county continues to decline, the overall perception of the availability of job opportunities in the county as well as the view of the local economy are also improving.

The data included in this article is from the 2013 Summit and Stark Polls, comparison data from 2007-2012 is also included. Each Poll is an annual telephone survey offered to community organizations and local businesses as an affordable method of collecting information on opinions & attitudes of county residents.  Each Poll includes questions posed by multiple organizations in which each participant purchases only those questions necessary to meet their information and research needs. The final sample of the 2013 poll consisted of a total of 800 respondents. The Summit Poll was conducted in April 2013 and the Stark Poll was conducted in May 2013. The general population statistics derived from the sample size provide a precision level of plus or minus 4% within a 95% confidence interval.