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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 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 4.4 percent in October 2015, down from 4.5 percent in September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 30,800 over the month, from a revised 5,396,400 in September to 5,427,200 in October 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 249,000, down 5,000 from 254,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 51,000 in the past 12 months from 300,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.2 percent in October 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 5.0 percent, down from 5.1 percent in September and down from 5.7 percent in October 2014.
  

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 30,800 over the month, from a revised 5,396,400 in September to 5,427,200 in October 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 895,800 added 11,500 jobs over the month. Job gains in construction (+5,800) and manufacturing (+5,800) outweighed job losses in mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,773,700, added 24,800 jobs in educational and health services (+8,300), leisure and hospitality (+7,000), professional and business services (+3,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,900), financial activities (+2,400), and other services (+700). Information did not change over the month. Government employment, at 757,700 lost 5,500 jobs in local (-4,800) and state (-700) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From October 2014 to October 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 77,400. Goods-producing industries added 12,300 jobs. Manufacturing added 15,200 jobs in nondurable goods (+7,800) and durable goods (+7,400) surpassing over-the-year losses in construction (-1,500) and mining and logging (-1,400). Private service-providing employment increased 66,200. Gains were seen in all industries: trade, transportation, and utilities (+18,900), educational and health services (+17,400), leisure and hospitality (+14,200), financial activities (+8,300), professional and business services (+3,500), other services (+2,500), and information (+1,400). Government employment decreased 1,100 as losses in federal (-1,200) and state (-700) government exceeded gains in local government (+800).

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 October 2015 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, November 24. November 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 18, 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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