Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in August, unchanged
from July, according to data released this morning by the Ohio
Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage
and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month from the
revised 5,189,600 in July to 5,187,600 in August.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 413,000,
down from 418,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased
by 95,000 in the past 12 months from 508,000. The August
unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.8 percent in August
The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, down from
8.3 percent in July, and down from 9.1 percent in August 2011.
Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000
over the month, from 5,189,600 in July to 5,187,600 in August,
according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by
the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in
cooperation with ODJFS.
Service-providing industries declined 4,200 over the month to
4,332,800. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation, and
utilities (-7,100), educational and health services (-4,800), and
other services (-200). Gains were seen in leisure and hospitality
(+3,500), professional and business services (+2,200), financial
activities (+1,200), government (+900), and information (+100).
Goods-producing industries, at 854,800, were up 2,200 from July.
Construction gained 2,600. Mining and logging lost 300 jobs while
manufacturing dropped 100.
From August 2011 to August 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary
employment rose by 98,300. Service-providing industries added
73,900 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and
health services (+26,100), trade, transportation, and utilities
(+20,200), and professional and business services (+14,200). Also
showing improvement were leisure and hospitality (+8,100), other
services (+6,100), financial activities (+2,700), and information
(+700). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-4,200).
Goods-producing industries increased 24,400. Manufacturing gained
20,200 jobs through increases in durable goods (+16,200) and
nondurable goods (+4,000). Construction added 4,500 jobs. Mining
and logging employment decreased 300.
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 August
2012 will be posted online at http://OhioLMI.com/laus/current.htm
on Tuesday, September 25. September 2012 unemployment rates and
nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by
ODJFS on Friday, October 19, 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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