Blue Chip Economic Forecast


Hear what the year ahead looks like for Columbus’ economy in this discussion featuring Bill Lafayette, Ph.D., Founder & Owner, Regionomics, LLC, Tom Jalics, Chief Market Strategist and Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank, Mark Williams, Business Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, and host, Doug Buchanan, Editor in Chief, Columbus Business First.

The central Ohio economy will recover slightly with a 2.6% gain of almost 27,000 jobs in 2021, but should leave year-end employment well below its February 2020 level.


Regionomics owner Bill LaFayette released his 20th annual economic outlook for the Columbus-area at Wednesday’s Columbus Metropolitan Club forum.

Economist and Regionomics founder Bill LaFayette delivered his annual Blue Chip Economic Forecast at the Columbus Metropolitan Club yesterday.

A local economist says the outlook for central Ohio in 2015 is unusually bright. 

Central Ohio is poised for its largest level of job growth since the end of the Great Recession.