September 16, 2011
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in August, up slightly from 9.0 percent in 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 700 over the month, from the revised 5,117,200 in July to 5,116,500 in August.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 536,000, up from 529,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 47,000 in the past 12 months from 583,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.9 percent in August 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August remained unchanged from July at 9.1 percent.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 700 over the month, from 5,117,200 in July to 5,116,500 in August, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 821,400, were down 400 from July driven by a decline in manufacturing (-1,600). Slight improvements were posted in construction (+900) and mining and logging (+300). Service-providing industries decreased 300 over the month to 4,295,100. The most significant losses occurred in professional and business services (-2,500) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,300). Other industries losing jobs included information (-900), financial activities ( 800) and government (-700). Other services (+3,200), educational and health services (+2,300), and leisure and hospitality (+400) experienced over-the-month gains.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 80,300. Service-providing industries added 60,300 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+25,900), professional and business services (+17,300), and leisure and hospitality (+12,500). Other services (+6,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,400), and financial activities (+2,300) also experienced growth. Government declined 8,600 and information lost 1,000 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 20,000 over the year. Manufacturing added 12,400 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+15,900) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-3,500). Construction (+6,900) and mining and logging (+700) also increased from August 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 August 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. September 2011 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 21, 2011. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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