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Cleveland jobs range from high-tech positions to factory work to positions in the service industries. This city of around 390,000 residents is surrounded by suburbs, making the entire metropolitan areas population close to two million, and it's home to a number of Fortune 500 corporations, including Sherwin-Williams Company, Forest City Enterprises, KeyCorp and Cliffs Natural Resources.

Key Industries for Cleveland Jobs


Cleveland is a healthcare mecca. The city's largest employer is Cleveland Clinic, one of the top rated health care companies in the United States. It employs more than 37,000 workers. Other area hospitals and health care companies include University Hospitals of Cleveland, the city's second-largest employer, and Medical Mutual health insurance company.

Heavy Industry

Cleveland grew to be a major city as a result of its steel mills and other heavy industry. Although these plants are much quieter than they were in the early to mid-20th century, companies such as Ford Motor Company, Lincoln Electric and Kraftmaid cabinetry are still major area employers.


Cleveland is quietly becoming a technology hub. Currently 180 tech companies call the area home, and more are starting up every year. Healthcare-related technology companies lead the local field.

Local State and Federal Government

Major Cleveland employers include public departments from the local level all the way up to the federal government. There is a Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland as well as a NASA research facility. The U.S. government is the third-largest employer in Cleveland, responsible for more19,000 jobs.


The greater Cleveland area is home to more than a dozen colleges and universities. These include Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Baldwin-Wallace University and John Carroll University. The Cleveland Municipal School District, the largest district in the region, employs more than 2,700 teachers.

While Cleveland grew up as an industrial city, today the Forest City offers jobs in a wide variety of industries. Although unemployment is a little higher than the national average at 4.7 percent, as of March 2018, its significantly lower than its peak of 9.7 percent in February 2010. This improvement has resulted in Cleveland going from a highly competitive jobs environment to one where most people can find employment.

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