News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2017
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 March 2017, unchanged from February 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, unchanged from February. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in March 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 923,300, increased 1,300 over the month in construction (+1,000), mining and logging (+200), and manufacturing (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,826,100, decreased 5,200. Employment losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-6,000), professional and business services (-3,800), leisure and hospitality (-2,800), and financial activities (-700) surpassed gains in educational and health services (+6,300), information (+900), and other services (+900). Government employment, at 769,300, decreased 200 as losses in local government (-700) exceeded gains in state (+300) and federal (+200) government.

From March 2016 to March 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 36,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 14,100. Construction added 7,900 jobs. Manufacturing added 6,500 jobs in nondurable goods (+5,400) and durable goods (+1,100). Mining and logging lost 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 30,100 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+19,400), financial activities (+5,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,400), leisure and hospitality (+2,500), and information (+1,500) exceeded losses in professional and business services (-2,000) and other services (-900). Government employment decreased 7,700 as losses in state (-5,800) and local (-2,700) 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 March 2017 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, April 25. April 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 19, 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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