October 21, 2011
 Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in September, unchanged from August, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 21,600 over the month, from the revised 5,118,700 in August to 5,097,100 in September.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 534,000, down from 536,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 43,000 in the past 12 months from 577,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.8 percent in September 2010.

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

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 21,600 over the month, from 5,118,700 in August to 5,097,100 in September, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 816,200, were down 4,600 from August driven by a decline in manufacturing (-4,700). A slight improvements was posted in construction (+200). Service-providing industries decreased 17,000 over the month to 4,280,900. The most significant losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (-6,300) and educational and health services (-5,200). Other industries losing jobs included financial activities (-2,900), other services (-2,800), government (-1000) and professional and business services (-500). Information (+1,000) and trade,transportation, and utilities (+700) experienced over-the-month gains.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 66,800. Service-providing industries added 50,600 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+22,300), professional and business services (+19,800), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,900). Leisure and hospitality (+3,400), other services (+3,200), and information (+100) also experienced growth. Government declined 5,700 and financial activities lost 400 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 16,200 over the year. Manufacturing added 8,600 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+11,400) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-2,800). Construction (+7,200) and mining and logging (+400) also increased from September 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 September 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. October 2011 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 18, 2011. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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