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March 7, 2014  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in January 2014, down from 7.1 percent in December 2013, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 16,700 over the month, from a revised 5,268,900 in December to 5,285,600 in January.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 395,000, down 16,000 from 411,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 26,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in January 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in December and from 7.9 percent in January 2013.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 16,700 from 5,268,900 in December 2013 to 5,285,600 in January 2014, 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 876,500, gained 10,900 jobs in construction (+8,000), manufacturing (+2,400), and mining and logging (+500). The private service-providing sector, at 3,652,600, increased 3,300. Job gains in professional and business services (+5,900), leisure and hospitality (+3,400), and financial activities (+1,100) exceeded job losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,200), information (-1,000), educational and health services (-600), and other services (-300). Government employment, at 756,500, added 2,500 jobs over the month. Gains in local (+2,900) and state government (+600) outweighed losses in federal government (-1,000).

From January 2013 to January 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 67,100. Goods-producing industries added 21,800 jobs. Construction increased 11,600. Manufacturing added 8,700 jobs in durable goods (+8,100) and non-durable goods (+600). Mining and logging gained 1,500 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 49,000 jobs over the year. Employment gains were seen in professional and business services (+25,600), educational and health services (+10,700), leisure and hospitality (+9,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,700), financial activities (+900), and other services (+600). An over-the-year employment decline occurred in information (-2,000). Government lost 3,700 jobs through federal (-2,400) and state (-1,700) government. Local government posted a slight increase (+400).

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 January 2014 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 11. February 2014 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 21, 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.