News Release
September 16, 2016
Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August 2016, down from 4.8 percent in July. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from a revised 5,505,400 in July to 5,503,400 in August 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 272,000, down 6,000 from 278,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the August 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 4.9 percent, unchanged from July and down from 5.1 percent in August 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from a revised 5,505,400 in July to 5,503,400 in August 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 905,100, added 2,600 jobs over the month in construction (+2,100), manufacturing (+400), and mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,812,900, lost 7,600 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (-5,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,400), other services (-2,400), and educational and health services (-1,600), exceeded gains in leisure and hospitality (+2,600), financial activities (+1,600), and information (+100). Government employment, at 785,400, increased 3,000 as gains in local (+3,100) and federal (+200) government outweighed losses in state government (-300).

From August 2015 to August 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 78,300. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 6,000. Construction added 7,600 jobs over the year. Manufacturing employment increased 1,000 as gains in nondurable goods (+8,300) surpassed losses in durable goods (-7,300). Mining and logging lost 2,600 jobs over the year. The private service-providing sector added 55,100 jobs as gains in educational and health services (+18,900), leisure and hospitality (+17,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,600), financial activities (+5,300), and other services (+4,900) surpassed losses in information (-300). Professional and business services did not change over the year. Government employment increased 17,200 in state (+11,400), local (+4,300), and federal (+1,500) 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 August 2016 will be posted online at on Tuesday, September 20. September 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 21, 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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