March 22, 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 February, unchanged from January, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 16,100 over the month from the revised 5,181,100 in January to 5,197,200 in February.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 401,000, up from 399,000 in January.  The number of unemployed has decreased by 30,000 in the past 12 months from 431,000.  The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent in February 2012.

 The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in January, and down from 8.3 percent in February 2012.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 16,100 over the month, from a revised 5,181,100 in January 2013 to 5,197,200 in February, 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 850,900, lost 2,500 jobs over the month due to declines in construction (-3,700). Manufacturing added 1,200 jobs and mining and logging remained unchanged.  Private service-providing industries, at 3,596,500, added 17,600 jobs.  Job growth occurred in professional and business services (+12,200), educational and health services (+4,900), financial activities (+2,100), leisure and hospitality (+1,900), information (+500) and other services (+300). Job losses occurred only in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,300). Government employment, at 749,800, gained 1,000 jobs.  Increases in local government (+900) and federal government (+300) outweighed reductions in state growth (-200).

 From February 2012 to February 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose 33,300.  Goods-producing industries increased 600 over the year.  Manufacturing gained 8,400 jobs in nondurable goods (+5,300) and durable goods (+3,100).  Mining and logging added 100 jobs but construction declined 7,900.  Private service-providing industries added 43,900 jobs.  Gains were posted in educational and health services (+19,000), professional and business services (+12,300), leisure and hospitality (+7,800), financial activities (+3,400), and other services (+1,800). Losses occurred in information (-300) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-100). Government employment decreased 11,200 through losses in local government (-6,000), state government (‑4,000), and federal government (-1,200).

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 2013 release dates is available online at   County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for February 2013 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 26.  March 2013 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, April 19, 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.