News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2016
Contact: Jon Keeling
Phone: 614-466-6650
Email: Jon.Keeling@jfs.ohio.gov

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May 2016, down from 5.2 percent in April. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,200 over the month, from a revised 5,477,600 in April to 5,486,800 in May 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 300,000, down 2,000 from 302,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 18,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the May 2015 rate of 4.9 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent in April and down from 5.5 percent in May 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,200 over the month, from a revised 5,477,600 in April to 5,486,800 in May 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 900,400, lost 4,600 jobs over the month in manufacturing (-3,100), construction (-1,300), and mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,817,400, added 14,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+7,900), leisure and hospitality (+3,900), other services (+2,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+800), and financial activities (+300) exceeded losses in information (-400) and professional and business services (-300). Government employment, at 769,000, decreased 900 as losses in local government (-4,700) surpassed gains in state (+3,100) and federal (+700) government.

From May 2015 to May 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 70,900. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 400. Manufacturing employment decreased 4,800 as losses in durable goods (-11,500) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+6,700). Mining and logging lost 3,000 jobs over the year. Construction added 7,400 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 70,400 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+29,800), leisure and hospitality (+17,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+10,800), financial activities (+8,900), other services (+7,500), and information (+200) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-4,400). Government employment increased 900 as gains in state (+6,200) and federal (+1,100) government offset losses in local government (-6,400).

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 May 2016 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, June 21. June 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, July 22, 2016. 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 on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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