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January 24, 2014  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in December 2013, down from 7.4 percent in November, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,000 over the month, from a revised 5,195,600 in November to 5,200,600 in December.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 416,000, down 11,000 from 427,000 in November. The number of unemployed has increased by 31,000 in the past 12 months from 385,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.7 percent in December 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent, down from 7.0 percent in November and from 7.9 percent in December 2012.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,000 over the month, from 5,195,600 in November 2013 to 5,200,600 in December, 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 852,700, gained 5,600 jobs over the month. Job gains were seen in construction (+4,000), manufacturing (+1,400), and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,607,900, lost 200 jobs. Employment declines in educational and health services (-3,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,500), information (-400), financial activities (-200), and other services (-200) exceeded gains in professional and business services (+3,400) and leisure and hospitality (+2,400). Government employment, at 740,000, lost 400 jobs.  Employment declines in state government (-700) exceeded gains in federal government (+200) and local government (+100).

From December 2012 to December 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 25,600. Goods-producing industries added 5,200 jobs. Manufacturing added 4,900 jobs in durable goods (+4,500) and non-durable goods (+400). Mining and logging gained 700 jobs, while construction lost 400. The private service-providing sector added 29,900 jobs. Job gains were posted in educational and health services (+11,500), professional and business services (+10,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,600), leisure and hospitality (+5,700), and other services (+200).  Job declines were seen in information (-3,000) and financial activities (-2,900). Government lost 9,500 jobs over the year through losses in local government (-7,800) and federal government (-1,800). State government posted a small increase (+100).

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 2014 release dates is available online at County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for December 2013 will be posted online at on Tuesday, January 28. January 2014 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 7, 2014. 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.