News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 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 October 2018, unchanged from September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,900 over the month, from a revised 5,636,300 in September to 5,647,200 in October 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 266,000, unchanged from September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 16,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.9 percent in October 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 3.7 percent, unchanged from September, and down from 4.1 percent in October 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,900 over the month, from a revised 5,636,300 in September to 5,647,200 in October, 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 940,100, increased 1,200 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+1,400) surpassed losses in mining and logging (-100) and construction (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,915,800, added 9,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+3,800), professional and business services (+3,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,200), leisure and hospitality (+2,000), and information (+200) exceeded losses in other services (-1,300) and financial activities (-800). Government employment, at 791,300, did not change over the month as losses in state government (-200) offset gains in local government (+200). Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From October 2017 to October 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 115,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 23,200. Manufacturing added 13,200 jobs in durable goods (+11,700) and nondurable goods (+1,500). Construction added 9,100 jobs and mining and logging added 900 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 83,100 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+23,300), educational and health services (+20,600), leisure and hospitality (+18,800), other services (+8,800), professional and business services (+8,000), and financial activities (+3,900) outweighed losses in information (-300). Government employment increased 9,100 with gains in state (+4,500), local (+4,300), 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 October 2018 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, November 20. November 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 21, 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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