News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 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 4.9 percent in October 2016, up from 4.8 percent in September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 280,000, up 5,000 from 275,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 265,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the October 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 4.9 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in September 2016 and October 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October 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 907,500, added 6,400 jobs in manufacturing (+3,500), construction (+2,500), and mining and logging (+400). The private service-providing sector, at 3,809,900, lost 6,000 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (-5,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,000), other services (-1,600), and financial activities (-100) exceeded gains in leisure and hospitality (+1,600), educational and health services (+600), and information (+500). Government employment, at 779,200, decreased 3,200 in local (-2,500) and state (-700) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From October 2015 to October 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 50,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 400. Construction added 4,200 jobs, manufacturing decreased 2,100 as losses in durable goods (-8,100) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+6,000), and mining and logging lost 1,700 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 38,000 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+12,000), leisure and hospitality (+11,300), financial activities (+8,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,000), other services (+4,700), and information (+600) exceeded losses in professional and business services (-5,900). Government employment increased 12,100 in local (+6,700), state (+3,700), and federal (+1,700) 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 October 2016 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, November 22. November 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 16, 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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