August 19, 2011
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in July, up slightly from 8.8 percent in June, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio�s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 6,500 over the month, from the revised 5,106,900 in June to 5,113,400 in July.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 529,000, up from 517,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 60,000 in the past 12 months from 589,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.0 percent in July 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 9.1 percent, about unchanged from 9.2 percent in June.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio�s nonfarm payroll employment increased 6,500 over the month, from 5,106,900 in June to 5,113,400 in July, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 821,200, were up 9,100 from June, driven by an increase in manufacturing (+7,900) and slight improvements in construction (+1,100) and mining and logging (+100). Service-providing industries decreased 2,600 over the month to 4,292,200. The most significant losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (-6,500) and educational and health services (-2,900). Other industries losing jobs included trade, transportation, and utilities (-500), and government (-400). Professional and business services (+6,000), financial activities (+1,000), other services (+500), and information (+200) experienced over-the-month gains.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 74,100. Service-providing industries added 55,800 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+25,000), professional and business services (+20,000), and leisure and hospitality (+11,300). Trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,700), other services (+4,400), and financial activities (+1,800) also experienced growth. Government declined 11,900 and information lost 500 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 18,300 over the year. Manufacturing added 11,900 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+15,800) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-3,900). Construction (+5,900) and mining and logging (+500) also increased from July 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 July 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. August 2011 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, September 16, 2011. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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