News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 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 4.4 percent in March 2018, down from 4.5 percent in February 2018. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,800 over the month, from a revised 5,568,400 in February to 5,579,200 in March 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 253,000, down 9,000 from 262,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 40,000 in the past 12 months from 293,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1 percent in March 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 4.1 percent, unchanged from February, and down from 4.5 percent in March 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,800 over the month, from a revised 5,568,400 in February to 5,579,200 in March, 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 928,700, increased 2,900 over the month due to gains in manufacturing (+1,500), construction (+1,200), and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,862,500, added 5,700 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,400), leisure and hospitality (+1,600), financial activities (+800), professional and business services (+800), and educational and health services (+300) surpassed losses in information (-700) and other services (-500). Government employment, at 788,000, increased 2,200 with gains in local (+1,900), state (+200), and federal (+100) government.

From March 2017 to March 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 54,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 18,200. Manufacturing added 11,600 jobs in durable goods (+10,100) and nondurable goods (+1,500). Construction added 5,700 jobs and mining and logging added 900 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 32,600 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+10,900), educational and health services (+9,500), financial activities (+7,200), leisure and hospitality (+6,400), and other services (+3,800) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-3,600) and information (-1,600). Government employment increased 3,600. Gains in state government (+5,700) exceeded losses in local (-1,800) and federal (-300) 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 2018 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for March 2018 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, April 24. April 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 18, 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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