Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March 2016, up from a revised 5.0 percent in February. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 18,300 over the month, from a revised 5,475,500 in February to 5,493,800 in March 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, up 9,000 from 285,000 in February. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 290,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was equal to the March 2015 rate of 5.1 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in February and down from 5.5 percent in March 2015.
Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 18,300 over the month, from a revised 5,475,500 in February to 5,493,800 in March 2016, 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 906,900, lost 5,700 jobs over the month in manufacturing (-4,300), construction (-1,000), and mining and logging (-400). The private service-providing sector, at 3,809,700, added 17,100 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services (+7,000), educational and health services (+5,400), other services (+2,200), trade, transportation, and utilities
(+1,500), financial activities (+1,100), and information (+100) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-200). Government employment, at 777,200, increased 6,900 in local (+5,600), state
(+1,200), and federal (+100) government.
From March 2015 to March 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 94,700. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 8,300. Construction added 10,300 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 1,300 as gains in nondurable goods (+5,900) exceeded losses in durable goods (-4,600). Mining and logging lost 3,300 jobs over the year. The private service-providing sector added 77,700 jobs. Gains occurred in educational and health services (+25,300), leisure and hospitality (+17,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,200), financial activities (+7,100), other services (+6,200), professional and business services (+5,300), and information (+700). Government employment increased 8,700 with gains in local (+5,200), state (+2,700), and federal (+800) 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 2016 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for March 2016 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, April 19. April 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 20, 2016. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm.
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