November 16, 2012
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in October, down from 7.1 percent in September, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 13,900 over the month from the revised 5,178,000 in September to 5,191,900 in October.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 396,000, down from 406,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 88,000 in the past 12 months from 484,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.3 percent in October 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in September, and down from 8.9 percent in October 2011.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment increased 13,900 over the month, from a revised 5,178,000 in September to 5,191,900 in October, 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 added 16,000 jobs over the month to 4,347,600. Gains were seen in professional and business services (+7,300), government (+5,200), educational and health services (+3,400), and other services (+3,100). Also posting gains were financial activities (+400), leisure and hospitality (+300), and information (+100). Job losses occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-3,800). Goods-producing industries, at 844,300, were down 2,100 from September. Manufacturing lost 2,200 jobs over the month. Construction added 300 jobs, but mining and logging lost 200.

From October 2011 to October 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 96,500. Service-providing industries added 82,700 jobs. The gains occurred in educational and health services (+25,300), professional and business services (+21,300), trade, transportation and utilities (+14,600), other services (+9,400), leisure and hospitality (+9,100), and finincial activities (+3,900). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-500) and information (-400). Goods-producing industries increased 13,800. Manufacturing gained 13,500 jobs through expansions in durable goods (+11,000) and nondurable goods (+2,500). Construction added 1,100 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 800.

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 October 2012 will be posted online at on Tuesday, November 20. November 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 21, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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