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November 22, 2013  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650
Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October 2013, 7.4 percent in September, and 7.3 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 at 5,204,800, increased 2,400 from September to October and 200 from August to September.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 427,000, up 2,000 from 425,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 31,000 in the past 12 months from 396,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.9 percent in October 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent in September and down from 7.9 percent in October 2012.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 2,400 over the month, from 5,202,400 in September 2013 to 5,204,800 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.

Goods-producing industries, at 849,100, gained 2,300 jobs over the month. Jobs were added in construction (+1,300), manufacturing (+900), and mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,615,800, gained 6,400 jobs. Employment increased in trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,500), leisure and hospitality (+3,000), financial activities (+1,000), and other services (+1,000). Job losses occurred in professional and business services (-1,200), educational and health services (-600), and information (-300). Government employment, at 739,900, lost 6,300 jobs. Declines were posted in local (-4,300), state (-1,400), and federal (-600) government.

From October 2012 to October 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 27,200. Goods-producing industries increased 5,300 over the year. Manufacturing gained 6,000 jobs in durable goods (+5,100) and non-durable goods (+900). Mining and logging added 400 jobs but construction lost 1,100 jobs. Private service-providing industries added 33,400 jobs. Job gains were posted in leisure and hospitality (+13,100), educational and health services (+12,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+11,100), professional and business services (+1,500), and financial activities (+1,100).  Employment declines were seen in information (-2,800) and other services (-2,700). Government lost 11,500 jobs through local (-7,600), federal (-2,800), and state (-1,100) government.

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 October 2013 will be posted online at on Tuesday, November 26. November 2013 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 20, 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.