News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 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 5.3 percent in September 2017, down from 5.4 percent in August 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,500 over the month, from a revised 5,546,500 in August to 5,557,000 in September 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 305,000, down 6,000 from 311,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 21,000 in the past 12 months from 284,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in September 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent in September 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,500 over the month, from a revised 5,546,500 in August to 5,557,000 in September 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 914,200, increased 3,100 over the month due to gains in manufacturing (+2,600) and construction (+500). Employment in mining and logging did not change from August. The private service-providing sector, at 3,866,500, added 7,400 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,200), educational and health services (+4,600), and leisure and hospitality (+2,900) surpassed losses in financial activities (-2,400), other services (-2,200), information (-1,000), and professional and business services (-700). Government employment, at 776,300, did not change over the month as losses in local government (-7,200) offset gains in state (+6,900) and federal (+300) government.

From September 2016 to September 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 61,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 13,200. Construction added 9,100 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 3,800 in nondurable goods (+3,000) and durable goods (+800). Mining and logging added 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 51,500 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+24,800), leisure and hospitality (+19,300), financial activities (+6,300), and professional and business services (+4,800) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-3,300) and information (-400). Employment in other services did not change over the year. Government employment decreased 3,100 as losses in local (-6,100) and federal (-100) government outweighed gains in state government (+3,100).

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 September 2017 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, October 24. October 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 17, 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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