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April 18, 2014  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in March 2014, down from 6.5 percent in February, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 353,000, down 24,000 from 377,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 68,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in March 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 6.7 percent, unchanged from February, and down from 7.5 percent in March 2013.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted) 

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, from a revised 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 in March, 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 873,800, added 1,000 jobs from February. Gains in construction (+4,600) were partially offset by losses in manufacturing (-3,500) and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,658,900, increased 2,800. Job gains were seen in leisure and hospitality (+4,800), professional and business services (+3,200), and educational and health services (+2,400). Losses occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,900), other services (-1,600), financial activities (-900), and information (-200). Government employment, at 750,200, decreased 3,200. Local and federal government lost 3,500 and 100 jobs respectively, while state government added 400 jobs.

From March 2013 to March 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 53,600. Goods-producing industries increased 18,300. Manufacturing gained 9,800 jobs in durable goods (+8,600) and non-durable goods (+1,200). Construction added 7,800 jobs and mining and logging employment increased 700. Private service-providing industries added 41,900 jobs over the year. Employment increased in professional and business services (+24,000), leisure and hospitality (+11,000), educational and health services (+10,900), other services (+1,200), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,100). Over-the-year employment declines occurred in financial activities (-3,700) and information (-2,600). Government employment decreased 6,600 at the local (-2,700), state (-2,400), and federal (-1,500) levels.

 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 March 2014 will be posted online at on Tuesday, April 22. April 2014 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 16, 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.