September 21, 2012
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in August, unchanged from July, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month from the revised 5,189,600 in July to 5,187,600 in August.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 413,000, down from 418,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 95,000 in the past 12 months from 508,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.8 percent in August 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July, and down from 9.1 percent in August 2011.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from 5,189,600 in July to 5,187,600 in August, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Service-providing industries declined 4,200 over the month to 4,332,800. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-7,100), educational and health services (-4,800), and other services (-200). Gains were seen in leisure and hospitality (+3,500), professional and business services (+2,200), financial activities (+1,200), government (+900), and information (+100). Goods-producing industries, at 854,800, were up 2,200 from July. Construction gained 2,600. Mining and logging lost 300 jobs while manufacturing dropped 100.

From August 2011 to August 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 98,300. Service-providing industries added 73,900 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+26,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+20,200), and professional and business services (+14,200). Also showing improvement were leisure and hospitality (+8,100), other services (+6,100), financial activities (+2,700), and information (+700). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-4,200). Goods-producing industries increased 24,400. Manufacturing gained 20,200 jobs through increases in durable goods (+16,200) and nondurable goods (+4,000). Construction added 4,500 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 300.

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 August 2012 will be posted online at on Tuesday, September 25. September 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 19, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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