Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally
Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in December, down from
8.5 percent in November, according to data released this morning by
the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's
nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 3,300 over the month,
from the revised 5,109,900 in November to 5,106,600 in
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was
469,000, down from 496,000 in November. The number of unemployed
has decreased by 91,000 in the past 12 months from 560,000. The
December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.5 percent in
The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 8.5 percent, down
from 8.7 percent in November.
Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 3,300 over the month,
from 5,109,900 in November to 5,106,600 in December, according to
the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.
Goods-producing industries, at 819,400, were down 2,100 from
November. Construction and mining and logging declined 2,600 and
100 respectively, while manufacturing added 600 jobs.
Service-providing industries decreased 1,200 over-the-month to
4,287,200. The most significant losses were posted in professional
and business services (-4,700) and financial activities (-1,600).
Trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality
decreased 400 each. Government (+3,100), educational and health
services (+2,100), and other services (+700) experienced
over-the-month gains. Information remained unchanged.
Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary
employment grew 72,400. Service-providing industries added 48,900
jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health
services (+24,600), trade, transportation and utilities (+19,400)
and professional and business services (+9,700). Also showing
improvement were other services (+1,600), financial activities
(+1,300), and information (+1,000). Government declined 6,700 and
leisure and hospitality lost 2,000 jobs. Goods-producing industries
rose 23,500 over-the-year. Manufacturing added 18,300 jobs as a
gain in durable goods (+19,500) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods
(-1,200). Construction added 5,200 jobs while, mining and logging
employment remained at December's 2010 level.
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
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 www.ohiomeansjobs.com.News release dates
A calendar of 2012 release dates is available online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/releases.htm.
County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for December
2011 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm
on Tuesday, January 24, 2011. January 2012 unemployment rates and
nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by
ODJFS on Friday, March 2, 2012. This information and the monthly
statistical summaries it is based on are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/releases.
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