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December 20, 2013  
 Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November 2013, down from 7.5 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 decreased 12,000 over the month, from a revised 5,202,600 in October to 5,190,600 in November.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 427,000, unchanged from October. The number of unemployed has increased by 37,000 in the past 12 months from 390,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.8 percent in November 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.0 percent, down from 7.3 percent in October and from 7.8 percent in November 2012.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 12,000 over the month, from 5,202,600 in October 2013 to 5,190,600 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 844,400, lost 3,100 jobs over the month. Declines in construction (-3,600) exceeded gains in manufacturing (+500). Mining and logging employment was unchanged over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,605,600, lost 9,500 jobs due to declines in leisure and hospitality (-12,200). Professional and business services (-1,800), financial activities (-1,300), other services (-800), and information (-600) also posted declines. Gains occurred in educational and health services (+4,200) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,000). Government employment, at 740,600, added 600 jobs. Gains in state government (+500) and federal government (+300) exceeded a decrease in local government (-200).

From November 2012 to November 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 19,800. Goods-producing industries lost 2,100 jobs over the year. Construction lost 5,200 jobs. Manufacturing added 2,700 jobs in durable goods (+1,800) and non-durable goods (+900). Mining and logging gained 400 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 32,100 jobs over the year. Gains were posted in educational and health services (+15,800), trade, transportation and utilities (+12,400), professional and business services (+8,800), and leisure and hospitality (+200). Employment decreased in information (-3,000), financial activities (-2,000), and other services (-100). Government lost 10,200 jobs in local (-8,000), federal (-1,800), and state (-400) 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 November 2013 will be posted online at on Friday, December 27. December 2013 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, January 24, 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.