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October 17, 2014  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in September 2014, down from 5.7 percent in August 2014. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 6,000 over the month, from a revised 5,297,400 in August to 5,303,400 in September.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 319,000, down 5,000 from 324,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 110,000 in the past 12 months from 429,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in September 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August, and down from 7.2 percent in September 2013.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,000 over the month, from a revised 5,297,400 in August to 5,303,400 in September, 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 879,000, increased 4,600 from August due to gains in manufacturing (+3,600) and construction (+1,000). Mining and logging employment did not change over the month. Employment in the private service-providing sector, at 3,659,900, decreased 1,600. Job losses occurred in professional and business services (-3,600), educational and health services  (-2,100), leisure and hospitality (-700), information (-400), and financial activities (-300). Trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,400) and other services (+1,100) added jobs. Government employment, at 764,500, increased 3,000 as employment gains in state government (+6,400) outweighed declines in local government (-3,400). Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From September 2013 to September 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 32,700. Goods-producing industries added 16,300 jobs. Manufacturing gained 15,700 jobs in durable goods (+11,500) and non-durable goods (+4,200). Mining and logging employment increased 700 and construction lost 100 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 11,800 jobs. Gains occurred in educational and health services (+9,200), professional and business services (+7,800), trade, transportation and utilities (+5,800), and other services (+4,200). Employment declined in financial activities (-6,600), leisure and hospitality (-6,200), and information (-2,400). Government employment increased 4,600 over the year. Employment gains in state (+3,700) and local (+1,000) government exceeded a small decline in federal government (-100).


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 September 2014 will be posted online at on Tuesday, October 21. October 2014 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 21, 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.