News Release
August 19, 2016
Contact: Jon Keeling
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in July 2016, down from 5.0 percent in June. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,400 over the month, from a revised 5,494,900 in June to 5,506,300 in July 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 278,000, down 13,000 from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months from 267,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the July 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.9 percent, unchanged from June and down from 5.3 percent in July 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,400 over the month, from a revised 5,494,900 in June to 5,506,300 in July 2016, 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 903,700, lost 1,300 jobs over the month. Job losses in construction (-3,600) and mining and logging (-300) surpassed gains in manufacturing (+2,600). The private service-providing sector, at 3,820,600, added 8,000 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+5,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,700), professional and business services (+2,100), and other services (+1,800) exceeded losses in financial activities (-1,500), information (-1,100), and leisure and hospitality (-1,000). Government employment, at 782,000, increased 4,700 as gains in local (+3,100) and state (+1,700) government outweighed losses in federal government (-100).

From July 2015 to July 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 78,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 2,600. Construction added 5,900 jobs over the year. Mining and logging lost 3,200 jobs. Manufacturing employment decreased 100 as losses in durable goods (-7,100) surpassed gains in nondurable goods (+7,000). The private service-providing sector added 61,900 jobs as gains in educational and health services (+19,600), leisure and hospitality (+15,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+11,800), other services (+7,400), financial activities (+4,200), and professional and business services (+3,500) surpassed losses in information (-500). Government employment increased 14,300 in state (+11,500), federal (+1,400), and local (+1,400) government.

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 July 2016 will be posted online at on Tuesday, August 23. August 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, September 16, 2016. 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 on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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