News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2019
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 4.4 percent in March 2019, down from 4.6 percent in February. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,593,200 in February to 5,599,500 in March 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 258,000, down 7,000 from 265,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 1,000 in the past 12 months from 259,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.5 percent in March 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 3.8 percent, unchanged from February, and down from 4.0 percent in March 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,593,200 in February to 5,599,500 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 936,800, increased 300 over the month as gains in construction (+2,500) and mining and logging (+200) surpassed losses in manufacturing (-2,400). The private service-providing sector, at 3,884,000, increased 5,900 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+2,600), leisure and hospitality (+2,100), professional and business services (+1,200), financial activities (+1,000), other services (+400), and information (+200) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,600). Government employment, at 778,700, increased 100 as gains in state government (+800) surpassed losses in local (-600) and federal (-100) government.

From March 2018 to March 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 39,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 7,600. Manufacturing added 4,200 jobs in nondurable goods (+4,100) and durable goods (+100). Construction added 3,000 jobs and mining and logging added 400 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 36,300. Employment gains in educational and health services (+16,600), leisure and hospitality (+11,200), professional and business services (+3,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,200), financial activities (+1,500), and other services (+1,500) outpaced losses in information (-1,100). Government employment decreased 4,100 as losses in local government (-6,100) exceeded gains in state (+1,600) and federal (+400) 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 2019 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for March 2019 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, April 23. April 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 17, 2019. 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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