News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 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 4.2 percent in September 2019, up from 4.1 percent in August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,500 over the month, from a revised 5,592,700 in August to 5,591,200 in September 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 243,000, up 5,000 from 238,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 20,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in September 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent in August, and down from 3.7 percent in September 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,500 over the month, from a revised 5,592,700 in August to 5,591,200 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.

Goods-producing industries, at 926,600, lost 3,000 jobs from August as losses in construction (-1,700) and manufacturing (-1,400) exceeded gains in mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,885,300, added 4,400 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+2,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,900), other services (+1,000), and financial activities (+800) outpaced losses in educational and health services (-1,000), professional and business services (-600), and information (-100). Government employment, at 779,300, decreased 2,900 with losses in state (-1,800), federal (-600), and local (-500) government.

From September 2018 to September 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 23,100. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 5,500. Manufacturing added 1,800 jobs in nondurable goods (+1,700) and durable goods (+100). Construction lost 7,600 jobs while mining and logging employment increased 300. Private service-providing industries added 31,100 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+14,100), educational and health services (+12,300), professional and business services (+3,900), other services (+1,600), and financial activities (+1,000) surpassed losses in information (-1,000) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-800). Government employment decreased 2,500 as losses in local (-2,500) and state (-1,000) government outpaced gains in federal government (+1,000).

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 September 2019 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm on Tuesday, October 22. October 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 15, 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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