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September 19, 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 August 2014, unchanged from July 2014. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 200 over the month, from a revised 5,292,700 in July to 5,292,900 in August.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 324,000, up 1,000 from 323,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 109,000 in the past 12 months from 433,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent in August 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July, and down from 7.2 percent in August 2013.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 200 over the month, from a revised 5,292,700 in July to 5,292,900 in August, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 873,600, decreased 2,400 from July as losses in construction (-3,500) surpassed gains in manufacturing (+1,100). Mining and logging did not change over the month. Employment in the private service-providing sector, at 3,658,500, decreased 5,600. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (-6,600), other services (-1,100), financial activities (-700), information (-600), and leisure and hospitality (-500). Employment gains occurred in educational and health services (+2,700) and professional and business services (+1,200). Government employment, at 760,800, added 8,200 jobs as employment gains in local (+8,700) and federal (+100) government outweighed a decline in state government (-600).

From August 2013 to August 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 18,200. Goods-producing industries added 12,200 jobs. Manufacturing gained 12,900 jobs in durable goods (+9,800) and non-durable goods (+3,100). Mining and logging employment increased 800 but construction employment decreased 1,500. The private service-providing sector added 8,600 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+14,100). Also adding jobs were educational and health services (+3,600), other services (+2,400), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+500). Employment declines occurred in financial activities (-6,800), leisure and hospitality (-3,000), and information (-2,200). Government employment decreased 2,600 due to losses in state (-1,800) and federal (-800) government. Local government employment was unchanged over the year.


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 August 2014 will be posted online at on Tuesday, September 23. September 2014 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 17, 2014. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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