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January 22, 2016  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December 2015, up from 4.5 percent in November. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 15,200 over the month, from a revised 5,436,300 in November to 5,451,500 in December 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 269,000, up 14,000 from 255,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 23,000 in the past 12 months from 292,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in December 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 5.0 percent, unchanged from November and down from 5.6 percent in December 2014.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 15,200 over the month, from a revised 5,436,300 in November to 5,451,500 in December 2015, 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 900,000, added 3,500 jobs over the month. Job gains in manufacturing (+3,200) and construction (+500) outweighed job losses in mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,791,700, added 12,400 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,300), educational and health services (+4,900), professional and business services (+2,200), and other services (+2,200) surpassed losses in financial activities (-1,600), leisure and hospitality (-1,200), and information (-400). Government employment, at 759,800 decreased 700 as losses in local (-1,100) and state (-100) government exceeded gains in federal government (+500).

From December 2014 to December 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 82,700. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 13,700. Manufacturing added 14,500 jobs in both nondurable goods (+11,700) and durable goods (+2,800). Construction added 1,000 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 1,800. The private service-providing sector added 68,300 jobs. Gains were seen in all industries: educational and health services (+23,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+19,500), leisure and hospitality (+10,200), financial activities (+6,900), other services (+4,800), information (+1,800), and professional and business services (+1,200). Government employment increased 700 as gains in local (+1,700) and federal (+400) government outweighed losses in state government (-1,400).

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 2016 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for December 2015 will be posted online at on Tuesday, January 26. January 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 4, 2016. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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