News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2017
Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650
Email: Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in January 2017, unchanged from a revised 5.0 percent in December 2016. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,100 over the month, from a revised 5,503,700 in December 2016 to 5,501,600 in January 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 287,000, up 3,000 from 284,000 in December. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio did not change from one year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January 2017 was 4.8 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in December 2016, and 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,100 over the month, from a revised 5,503,700 in December 2016 to 5,501,600 in January 2017, 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 913,000, added 9,900 jobs in construction (+7,800), manufacturing (+1,900), and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,817,100, lost 11,900 jobs. Employment losses in educational and health services (-10,800), leisure and hospitality (-4,400), other services (-1,600), and information (-700) surpassed gains in financial activities (+4,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+900), and professional and business services (+200). Government employment, at 771,500, decreased 100 as losses in federal government (-700) outweighed gains in local government (+600). State government did not change from December.

From January 2016 to January 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 31,100. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 6,100. Manufacturing added 3,500 jobs as gains in nondurable goods (+6,400) surpassed losses in durable goods (-2,900). Construction added 3,400 jobs. Mining and logging lost 800 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 28,300 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+8,100), financial activities (+8,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,200), professional and business services (+3,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,700), and information (+1,100) exceeded losses in other services (-1,700). Government employment decreased 3,300 as losses in local (-3,600) and state (-500) government outweighed gains in federal 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 2017 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2017 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, March 7. February 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 24, 2017. 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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