December 21, 2012
 Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in November, down slightly from 6.9 percent in October, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month from the revised 5,195,900 in October to 5,197,500 in November.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 391,000, down from 396,000 in October.  The number of unemployed has decreased by 79,000 in the past 12 months from 470,000.  The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.1 percent in November 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in October, and down from 8.7 percent in November 2011.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,195,900 in October to 5,197,500 in November, 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 848,400, gained 3,700 jobs from October.  Manufacturing added 4,700 jobs, construction lost 1,000 jobs, and mining and logging remained unchanged over the month.  Service-providing industries lost 2,100 jobs over the month to 4,349,100.  Job losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (-5,400), other services (-3,000), government (-2,100), professional and business services (-1,800), and information (-100).  Gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,000), financial activities (+2,000), and educational and health services (+300).


From November 2011 to November 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 100,400.  Service-providing industries added 83,000 jobs.  The gains occurred in educational and health services (+25,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+20,000), professional and business services (+18,000), leisure and hospitality (+8,700), financial activities (+7,500), and other services (+6,800).  Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-2,200) and information (-900).  Goods-producing industries increased 17,400.  Manufacturing gained 15,300 jobs through expansions in durable goods (+8,800) and nondurable goods (+6,500).  Construction added 2,900 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 as well as 2013 release dates is available online at County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for November 2012 will be posted online at on Friday, December 28. December 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, January 18, 2013. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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