News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 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 5.0 percent in April 2017, down from 5.1 percent in March 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 288,000, down 5,000 from 293,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 5,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio, at 5.0 percent, did not change from April 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 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 909,900, decreased 13,200 over the month due to employment losses in construction (-7,400) and manufacturing (-5,800). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,835,800, increased 9,400. Employment gains in professional and business services (+6,100), leisure and hospitality (+5,000), financial activities (+1,100), and information (+500) surpassed losses in other services (-2,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (-700), and educational and health services (-100). Government employment, at 767,100, decreased 1,900 as losses in state (-2,600) and federal (-400) government exceeded gains in local government (+1,100).

From April 2016 to April 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 35,900. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 5,600. Construction added 4,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 1,800 jobs as gains in nondurable goods (+4,200) surpassed losses in durable goods (-2,400). Mining and logging lost 200 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 39,500 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+18,100), leisure and hospitality (+8,100), professional and business services (+5,700), financial activities (+5,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,400), and information (+2,000) exceeded losses in other services (-3,300). Government employment decreased 9,200 as losses in state (-8,300) and local (-1,800) government outweighed gains in federal government (+900).

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 April 2017 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, May 23. May 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 16, 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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