News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 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 5.2 percent in July 2017, up from 5.0 percent in June 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,536,500 in June to 5,538,100 in July 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 300,000, up 9,000 from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in June and down from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,536,500 in June to 5,538,100 in July 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 907,200, decreased 2,700 over the month as losses in construction (-1,700) and manufacturing (-1,100) exceeded gains in mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,847,800, added 200 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+5,200), financial activities (+1,200), and information (+100) surpassed losses in other services (-2,600), professional and business services (-2,400), and educational and health services (-1,300). Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities did not change over the month. Government employment, at 783,100, increased 4,100 in local (+3,900) and federal (+200) government. State government employment did not change over the month.

From July 2016 to July 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 47,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 5,000. Construction added 5,900 jobs. Mining and logging added 200 jobs. Manufacturing employment decreased 1,100 as losses in durable goods (-1,800) surpassed gains in nondurable goods (+700). The private service-providing sector added 37,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+17,900), leisure and hospitality (+9,500), financial activities (+9,200), professional and business services (+5,900), and information (+1,100) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,900) and other services (-1,000). Government employment increased 4,800 in local (+2,700), state (+1,700), and federal (+400) 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 2017 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for July 2017 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, August 22. August 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, September 15, 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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