News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2018
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 4.6 percent in September 2018, unchanged from August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,300 over the month, from a revised 5,634,600 in August to 5,638,900 in September 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 266,000, down 2,000 from 268,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 21,000 in the past 12 months from 287,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.0 percent in September 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 percent in August, and down from 4.2 percent in September 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,300 over the month, from a revised 5,634,600 in August to 5,638,900 in September, 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 939,500, increased 2,600 as gains in manufacturing (+3,400) and mining and logging (+100) surpassed losses in construction (-900). The private service-providing sector, at 3,908,300, added 3,900 jobs. Employment gains in other services (+3,400), professional and business services (+1,300), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+500) exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality (-1,000), educational and health services (-200), and financial activities (-100). Information did not change over the month. Government employment, at 791,100, decreased 2,200. Losses in local (-1,400) and state (-1,000) government exceeded gains in federal government (+200).

From September 2017 to September 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 104,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 22,700. Manufacturing added 16,100 jobs in durable goods (+14,000) and nondurable goods (+2,100). Construction added 5,400 jobs and mining and logging added 1,200 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 74,600 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+18,400), leisure and hospitality (+18,100), educational and health services (+16,500), other services (+11,400), professional and business services (+5,800), and financial activities (+4,700) outweighed losses in information (-300). Government employment increased 7,300 with gains in state (+4,100), local (+2,900), 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 through the OhioLMI app, which is available for free on mobile devices through the App Store or Google Play. 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 September 2018 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, October 23. October 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 16, 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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