(Cleveland) - When many think of Rust Belt cities they think of manufacturing on the decline and educated young people looking for work elsewhere. Joel Kotkin of Forbes Magazine has taken a look at Cleveland and sees is bucking the trend now and for the foreseeable future.
Kotkin cites a report from Cleveland state University that shows a net loss of area workers since 2000 and finds promise in the details: "the number of newcomers aged 25 to 34 increased by 23% from 2006 to 2012 ... Most revealing, half of these people came from other states."
The college educated workforce is growing locally, especially with advanced degrees as University of Pittsburgh economist Chris Briem ranked Cleveland as 7th in the nation for those in the 25 to 34 range with graduate degrees.
Cleveland's growth in manufaturing is seen as a positive over larger cities on the coasts. Kotkin points to manufacturing's shift from unskilled workers to those requiring formal training.
Kotkin sees it as a combination of the jobs, cost of living and natural resources that will continue to draw a younger, more educated workforce to Cleveland for a continued period of time.