March 2, 2012
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in January, down from 7.9 percent in December, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment rose 32,800 over the month, from the revised 5,094,300 in December to 5,127,100 in January.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 447,000, down from 458,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 79,000 in the past 12 months from 526,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.0 percent in January 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 8.3 percent, down from 8.5 percent in December.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment increased 32,800 over the month, from 5,094,300 in December to 5,127,100 in January 2012, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Service-providing industries increased 25,200 over the month to 4,291,100. The most significant increases were posted in leisure and hospitality (+6,800), education and health services (+6,000), professional and business services (+5,300) and trade, transportation and utilities (+3,200). Financial activites (+2,400), other services (+1,400), and government (+100) also experienced over-the-month gains. Information remained unchanged. Goods-producing industries, at 836,000, were up 7,600 from December 2011. Construction gained 6,200 and manufacturing added 1,400 jobs. Mining and logging remained unchanged.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 62,500. Service-providing industries added 39,700 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (+16,000), education and health services (+15,400), and professional and business services (+12,000). Also showing improvement were other services (+2,400) and information (+1,300). Government (-6,700) and financial activities (-700) declined over the year. Leisure and hospitality was unchanged. Goods-producing industries rose 22,800. Manufacturing added 17,700 jobs as a gain in durable goods (+18,000) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-300). Construction added 4,500 jobs while, mining and logging employment were up 600.

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

On an annual basis, the establishment survey incorporates a benchmary revision. The revision uses nearly complete employment counts available from the unemployment insurance tax records to control for sampling and modeling errors in the estimates. For more information visit

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics annual revision utilizes updated establishment survey data as well as updated unemployment claims data and updated population counts to produce revised estimates.

News release dates
A calendar of 2012 release dates is available online at County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2012 will be posted online at on Friday Mar 9. February 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 23, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

Choose this link to view the table on the Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation.

Choose this link to view the table for the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.