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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2015  
 Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650
Email: angela.terez@jfs.ohio.gov 

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March 2015, unchanged from February. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,500 over the month, from a revised 5,385,000 in February to 5,386,500 in March 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 295,000, an increase of 5,000 from 290,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 50,000 in the past 12 months from 345,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 6.0 percent in March 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 5.5 percent, unchanged from February, but down from 6.6 percent in March 2014.
  

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,500 over the month, from a revised 5,385,000 in February to 5,386,500 in March 2015, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 889,900, lost 5,000 jobs in construction (-4,500) and mining and logging (-500). Manufacturing employment did not change. The private service-providing sector, at 3,739,000, added 4,500 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+3,500), financial activities (+3,000), information (+900), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+500) exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality (-1,900), professional and business services (-1,400), and other services (-100). Government employment, at 757,600, increased 2,000 due to gains in local (+1,600) and state (+400) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From March 2014 to March 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 77,400. Goods-producing industries increased 13,300 over the year. Manufacturing added 14,000 jobs in durable goods (+11,700) and nondurable goods (+2,300), mining and logging increased 700, and construction decreased 1,400. The private service-providing sector increased 65,300. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+25,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+17,800), educational and health services (+11,400), financial activities (+6,100), professional and business services (+3,900), and other services (+1,700) surpassed losses in information (-700). Government employment decreased 1,200 due to losses in local (-1,600) and federal (-800) government. State government added 1,200 jobs.

 EDITOR'S NOTE: All data cited are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor. Data sources include Current Population Survey (U.S. data); Current Employment Statistics Program (nonagricultural wage and salary employment data); and Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (Ohio unemployment rates). More complete listings of the data appear in the monthly Ohio Labor Market Review. Unemployment rates for all Ohio counties, as well as cities with populations of 50,000 or more, are presented in the monthly ODJFS Civilian Labor Force Estimates publication. Updated statewide historical data may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Labor Market Information at (614) 752-9494. Ohioans can access tens of thousands of job openings, for positions ranging from file clerks to CEOs, at http://ohiomeansjobs.com.

News release dates
A calendar of 2015 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for March 2015 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, April 21. April 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 22, 2015. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm.

Choose this link to view the table on the Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation.

Choose this link to view the table for the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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