Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in April, down from 7.5
percent in March, according to data released this morning by the
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm
wage and salary employment fell 3,400 over the month, from the
revised 5,141,300 in March to 5,137,900 in April.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 431,000,
down from 438,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased
by 79,000 in the past 12 months from 510,000. The April
unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.8 percent in April
The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent, down from
8.2 percent in March and down from 9.0 percent in April 2011.
Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 3,400 over the month,
from 5,141,300 in March to 5,137,900 in April, according to the
latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.
Service-providing industries decreased 2,000 over the month to
4,300,000. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation, and
utilities (-4,700), leisure and hospitality (-2,000), financial
activities (-1,400), and other services (-400). Growth occurred in
government (+2,900), professional and business services (+1,900),
education and health services (+1,500), and information (+200).
Goods-producing industries, at 837,900, were down 1,400 from March.
Manufacturing jobs fell 1,400 while mining and logging and
construction were unchanged.
From April 2011 to April 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary
employment rose by 47,200. Service-providing industries added
29,300 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in trade,
transportation and utilities (+16,600), education and health
services (+16,500), and professional and business services
(+7,300). Also showing improvement were information (+1,700) and
other services (+1,300). Over-the-year declines were posted in
leisure and hospitality (-8,200), government (-3,100), and
financial activities (-2,800). Goods-producing industries increased
17,900. Manufacturing gained 16,600 jobs through expansion in
durable goods (+12,000) and nondurable goods (+4,600). Construction
added 1,000 jobs while mining and logging employment increased
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 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 April
2012 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm
on Tuesday May 22. May 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural
wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday,
June 15, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical
summaries it is based on are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm/.
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