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May 16, 2014  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in April 2014, down from 6.1 percent in March. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 328,000, down 26,000 from 354,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 94,000 in the past 12 months from 422,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in April 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March, and down from 7.5 percent in April 2013.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April, 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 875,000, added 1,200 jobs from March. Gains in manufacturing (+2,100) exceeded losses in construction (-900). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,667,900, increased 6,800. Job gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,200), other services (+2,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,100), and information (+400) while employment declines occurred in educational and health services (-2,800), professional and business services (-900), and financial activities (-100). Government employment, at 754,700, added 4,600 jobs in local (+2,000), state (+1,800) and federal (+800) government.

From April 2013 to April 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment added 55,300 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 19,700. Manufacturing gained 11,500 jobs in durable goods (+9,700) and non-durable goods (+1,800). Construction added 7,600 jobs and mining and logging employment increased 600. Private service-providing industries added 40,200 jobs over the year. Employment increased in professional and business services (+18,900), leisure and hospitality (+8,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,500), educational and health services (+6,700), and other services (+3,100). Declines were posted in financial activities (-4,100) and information (-800). Government employment decreased 4,600 at the state (-1,900), local (-1,600), and federal (-1,100) 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 April 2014 will be posted online at on Tuesday, May 20. May 2014 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 20, 2014. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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Choose this link to view the table for the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.