May 20, 2011
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in April, down from 8.9 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 increased 8,600 over the month, from the revised 5,087,900 in March to 5,096,500 in April.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 509,000, down from 527,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 103,000 in the past 12 months from 612,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.4 percent in April 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 9.0 percent, up from 8.8 percent in March.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment increased 8,600 over the month, from 5,087,900 in March to 5,096,500 in April, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Service-providing industries increased 9,800 over the month to 4,287,200. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+7,100) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,200). Other industries gaining jobs included government (+1,900), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+600). Leisure and hospitality (-2,900), educational and health services (-2,100), and other services (-100) experienced over-the-month losses. Goods-producing industries, at 809,300, were down 1,200 from March, driven by a loss in construction (-1,700). Manufacturing (+400) and mining and logging (+100) experienced slight growth.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 67,000. Service-providing industries added 55,400 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+21,400) and educational and health services (+20,400). Leisure and hospitality (+10,000), other services (+4,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,900), and financial activities (+1,200) also experienced growth while government declined 6,300. Goods-producing industries increased 11,600 over the year. Manufacturing added 10,200 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+14,100) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-3,900). Construction (+1,000) and mining and logging (+400) also increased from April 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 April 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. May 2011 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 17, 2011. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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