News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2017
Bret Crow, Bret.Crow@jfs.ohio.gov or
Angela Terez, Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov
614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August 2017, up from 5.2 percent in July 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,200 over the month, from a revised 5,540,000 in July to 5,545,200 in August 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 311,000, up 11,000 from 300,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 29,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in August 2016.

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

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,200 over the month, from a revised 5,540,000 in July to 5,545,200 in August 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 910,000, increased 3,500 over the month due to gains in construction (+1,900) and manufacturing (+1,600). Employment in mining and logging did not change from July. The private service-providing sector, at 3,859,400, added 7,600 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+6,600), educational and health services (+3,800), and other services (+3,200) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,500), professional and business services (-1,000), financial activities (-400), and information (-100). Government employment, at 775,800, decreased 5,900 due to losses in state (-3,600), local (-1,900), and federal (-400) government.

From August 2016 to August 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 57,100. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 10,500. Construction added 8,100 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 2,100 in nondurable goods (+1,600) and durable goods (+500). Mining and logging added 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 50,800 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+21,800), leisure and hospitality (+18,700), financial activities (+8,800), professional and business services (+7,900), other services (+2,900), and information (+900) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-10,200). Government employment decreased 4,200 as losses in state (-4,600) and federal (-100) government outweighed gains in local government (+500).

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 August 2017 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, September 19. September 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 20, 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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