News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2018
Contact: Bret Crow
Phone: 614-466-6650
Email: Bret.Crow@jfs.ohio.gov

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January 2018, down from a revised 4.9 percent in December 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,100 over the month, from a revised 5,534,300 in December 2017 to 5,546,400 in January 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 271,000, down 10,000 from 281,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 26,000 in the past 12 months from 297,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.2 percent in January 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.1 percent, unchanged from December, and down from 4.8 percent in January 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,100 over the month, from a revised 5,534,300 in December 2017 to 5,546,400 in January 2018, 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 921,500, increased 1,300 over the month as gains in construction (+2,600) and mining and logging (+100) outweighed losses in manufacturing (-1,400). The private service-providing sector, at 3,839,700, added 7,600 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services (+5,900), educational and health services (+1,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,300), other services (+600), and financial activities (+300) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-1,700) and information (-400). Government employment, at 785,200, increased 3,200 with gains in local (+2,700) and state (+500) government. Federal government did not change over the month.

From January 2017 to January 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 24,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 14,600. Manufacturing added 7,600 jobs in durable goods (+4,600) and nondurable goods (+3,000). Construction added 6,400 jobs and mining and logging gained 600 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 11,200 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+7,600), educational and health services (+7,000), financial activities (+6,200), and other services (+3,700) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-7,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,100), and information (-800). Government employment decreased 1,200 as losses in local (-1,200) and state (-200) government exceeded gains in federal government (+200).

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 2018 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2018 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, March 13. February 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 23, 2018. 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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