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Business is Booming in Dayton

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The Dayton region's economy is piping hot. That's the word from many of Miami Valley's largest employers. As the DBJ publishes its annual employers list this week, I spoke with several growing companies about their staffing levels and challenges they face.

The one consistent note was companies who added the most workers in the past 12 months aren't done hiring.

Take CareSource. The Dayton-based health insurer added 600 employees last year and expects to hire 1,200 more in the next 12 months. Dan McCabe, CareSource's chief administrative officer, said the nonprofit faces increased competition for talent — making recruiting efforts challenging.

The key to maintaining its workforce is adapting to meet the needs of its employees. For example, more than 40 percent of CareSource employees work in alternate environments, including mobile and work-from-home options. Its key departments looking to fill roles include data analytics and configuration, actuarial science, information technology and customer care.

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