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

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in March, down from 7.6 percent in February, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment fell 9,500 over the month, from the revised 5,146,500 in February to 5,137,000 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 438,000, down from 443,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 73,000 in the past 12 months from 511,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.8 percent in March 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in February.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment dropped 9,500 over the month, from 5,146,500 in February to 5,137,000 in March, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Service-providing industries decreased 6,900 over the month to 4,297,600. Leisure and hospitality (-5,200), educational and health services (-4,300), other services (-2,200), and government (-1,200) experienced losses. Growth occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,300) and financial activities (+500). Goods-producing industries, at 839,400, were down 2,600 from February. Construction (-7,000) and mining and logging (-200) contracted. Manufacturing (+4,600) saw a month-to-month gain.

From March 2011 to March 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 59,600. Service-providing industries added 39,700 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (+26,300), education and health services (+16,200), and professional and business services (+5,100). Also showing improvement were other services (+1,800), information (+1,600). Over-the-year declines were posted in leisure and hospitality (-6,300), government (-3,500), and financial activities (-1,500). Goods-producing industries increased 19,900. Manufacturing gained 19,300 jobs through expansion in durable goods (+16,300) and nondurable goods (+3,000). Construction added 400 jobs while mining and logging employment increased 200.

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 March 2012 will be posted online at on Tuesday April 24. April 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 18, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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