April 15, 2011
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in March, down from 9.2 percent in February, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 2,200 over the month, from the revised 5,078,100 in February to 5,080,300 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 526,000, down from 542,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 93,000 in the past 12 months from 619,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.5 percent in March 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 8.8 percent, down from 8.9 percent in February.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment increased 2,200 over the month, from 5,078,100 in February to 5,080,300 in March, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 809,300, were up 5,600 from February, driven by a gain in manufacturing (+7,100). Mining and logging also experienced slight growth (+300), but construction declined 1,800. Service-providing industries decreased 3,400 over the month. The most significant loss occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,200). Other industries losing jobs included government (-1,500), leisure and hospitality (-1,400), and information (-1,200). Educational and health services (+3,400), professional and business services (+800), financial activities (+500), and other services (+200) experienced over-the-month gains.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 65,700. Service-providing industries added 51,900 jobs. The most notable gains occurred in educational and health services (+22,600) and professional and business services (+19,400). Other industries that experienced growth included leisure and hospitality (+13,000), other services (+5,600), and financial activities (+300). Losses occurred in government (-5,400), information (-1,900), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,700). Goods-producing industries increased 13,800 over the year. Manufacturing added 14,000 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+17,100) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-3,100). Mining and logging also increased slightly (+600), but construction declined 800 from March 2010.

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

News release dates
A calendar of 2011 release dates is available online at County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for March 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. April 2011 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 20, 2011. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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