March 8, 2013  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in January, up from 6.7 percent in December, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 3,800 over the month from the revised 5,175,000 in December to 5,178,800 in January.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 399,000, up from 385,000 in December.  The number of unemployed has decreased by 42,000 in the past 12 months from 441,000.  The December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.6 percent in January 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in December, and down from 8.3 percent in January 2012.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,800 over the month, from a revised 5,175,000 in December 2012 to 5,178,800 in January 2013, 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 851,400 added 3,900 jobs from December.  Construction (+2,100), manufacturing (+1,600), and mining and logging (+200) grew over the month.  Private service-providing industries, at 3,578,800, gained 800 jobs in the same time period.  Job gains occurred in educational and health services (+8,000), information (+1,600), and other services (+600). Job losses were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,300), financial activities (-3,200), professional and business services (-1,200), and leisure and hospitality (-700). Government employment, at 748,600, declined 900.  Decreases in state government (-1,800) and federal government (-400) outweighed growth in local government (+1,300).

From January 2012 to January 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose 29,100. 
Goods-producing industries increased 4,300 over the year.  Manufacturing added 9,300 jobs through gains in durable goods (+5,200) and nondurable goods (+4,100).  Mining and logging added 200 jobs while construction declined 5,200.  Private service-providing industries added 35,900 jobs.  Gains were posted in educational and health services (+17,000), leisure and hospitality (+8,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,200), professional and business services (+2,900), other services (+1,800), and financial activities (+1,000). Over-the-year declines were seen in information (-900). Government employment decreased 11,100 through losses in local government (-5,800), state government (-3,600), and federal government (-1,700).

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 2013 release dates is available online at   County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2013 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 12.  February 2013 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 22, 2013.  This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

Choose this link to view the table on the Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation.

Choose this link to view the table for the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.