October 19, 2012
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in September, down from 7.2 percent in August, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,800 over the month from the revised 5,190,000 in August to 5,177,200 in September.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 406,000, down from 413,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 91,000 in the past 12 months from 497,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.6 percent in September 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 7.8 percent, down from 8.1 percent in August, and down from 9.0 percent in September 2011.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 12,800 over the month, from 5,190,000 in August to 5,177,200 in September, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 846,500, were down 8,100 from August. Manufacturing and construction lost 6,400 and 1,700 jobs respectively. Mining and logging remained constant over the month. The service-provider sector declined 4,700 over the month to 4,330,700. Job losses occurred in educational and health services (-3,900), government (-1,400), leisure and hospitality (-700), financial activities (-400), and other services (-200) Gains were seen in professional and business services (+1,500), information (+300), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+100).

From September 2011 to September 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 88,700. Service-providing industries added 71,600 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+21,900), trade, transportation and utilities (+19,700), professional and business services (+15,200) and leisure and hospitality (+10,500). Also showing improvement were other services (+7,800), financial activities (+2,800), and information (+100). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-6,400). Goods-producing industries increased 17,100. Manufacturing gained 16,300 jobs through increases in durable goods (+11,800) and nondurable goods (+4,500). Construction added 1,000 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 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 August 2012 will be posted online at on Tuesday, October 23. October 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 16, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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