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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2015  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650
Email: benjamin.johnson@jfs.ohio.gov

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August 2015, down from 5.0 percent in July. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 14,600 over the month, from a revised 5,396,500 in July to 5,411,100 in August 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 265,000, down 21,000 from 286,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 45,000 in the past 12 months from 310,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.4 percent in August 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in July and down from 6.1 percent in August 2014.
  

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 14,600 over the month, from a revised 5,396,500 in July 2015 to 5,411,100 in August, 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 887,900 added 300 jobs over the month. Job gains were seen in construction (+2,700) and job losses were seen in manufacturing (-2,300) and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,748,100, gained 16,500 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services (+5,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,300), leisure and hospitality (+2,900), financial activities (+1,700), other services (+1,000), and educational and health services (+200) surpassed losses in information (-300). Government employment, at 775,100 decreased 2,200 due to job losses in local (-1,600), federal (-300), and state (-300) government.

From August 2014 to August 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 58,600. Goods-producing industries lost 1,300 jobs over the year. Losses in construction (-11,300) and mining and logging (-1,100) exceeded gains in manufacturing (+11,100). Manufacturing added jobs in both nondurable goods (+8,600) and durable goods (+2,500). The private service-providing sector added 47,200 jobs as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,300), leisure and hospitality (+12,400), educational and health services (+5,900), financial activities (+5,300), other services (+2,300), and information (+700) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-700). Government employment increased 12,700 as gains in local government (+13,900) surpassed losses in federal (-900) and state (-300) government.

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 August 2015 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, September 22. September 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 16, 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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