November 18, 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 October, down from 9.1 in September, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 600 over the month, from the revised 5,109,500 in September to 5,108,900 in October.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 526,000, down from 534,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 45,000 in the past 12 months from 571,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.7 percent in October 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 9.0 percent, down from 9.1 percent in September.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 600 over the month, from 5,109,500 in September to 5,108,900 in October, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 821,600, were up 700 from September driven by increases in manufacturing (+1,100) and mining and logging (+200). A slight decrease was posted in construction (-600). Service-providing industries declined 1,300 over the month to 4,287,300. The most significant losses occurred in government (-4,000) and professional and business services (-3,800). Financial activities (-800) also experienced an over-the-month lost. Gains were posted in trade,transportation, and utilities (+2,700), educational and health services (+2,100), leisure and hospitality (+1,500), other services (+700), and information (+300).

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 63,100. Service-providing industries added 43,200 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+24,400), professional and business services (+12,300), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,500). Other services (+3,700), financial activities (+2,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,200), and information (+700) also experienced growth. Government declined 9,500. Goods-producing industries increased 19,900 over the year. Manufacturing added 12,600 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+15,300) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-2,700). Construction (+6,700) and mining and logging (+600) also increased from October 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 October 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. November 2011 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 16, 2011. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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