January 20, 2012
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in November, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 3,300 over the month, from the revised 5,109,900 in November to 5,106,600 in December.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 469,000, down from 496,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 91,000 in the past 12 months from 560,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.5 percent in December 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 8.5 percent, down from 8.7 percent in November.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 3,300 over the month, from 5,109,900 in November to 5,106,600 in December, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 819,400, were down 2,100 from November. Construction and mining and logging declined 2,600 and 100 respectively, while manufacturing added 600 jobs. Service-providing industries decreased 1,200 over-the-month to 4,287,200. The most significant losses were posted in professional and business services (-4,700) and financial activities (-1,600). Trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality decreased 400 each. Government (+3,100), educational and health services (+2,100), and other services (+700) experienced over-the-month gains. Information remained unchanged.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 72,400. Service-providing industries added 48,900 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+24,600), trade, transportation and utilities (+19,400) and professional and business services (+9,700). Also showing improvement were other services (+1,600), financial activities (+1,300), and information (+1,000). Government declined 6,700 and leisure and hospitality lost 2,000 jobs. Goods-producing industries rose 23,500 over-the-year. Manufacturing added 18,300 jobs as a gain in durable goods (+19,500) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-1,200). Construction added 5,200 jobs while, mining and logging employment remained at December's 2010 level.

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 2012 release dates is available online at County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for December 2011 will be posted online at on Tuesday, January 24, 2011. January 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 2, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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