News Release
October 21, 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 September 2016, up from 4.7 percent in August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 275,000, up 4,000 from 271,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 12,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the September 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August and down from 5.1 percent in September 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September 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 899,700, lost 3,800 jobs in construction (-2,600) and manufacturing (-1,200). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,816,300, added 3,500 jobs. Employment gains in financial activities (+2,900), other services (+2,700), professional and business services (+1,800), and information (+600) exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality (-2,600), educational and health services (-1,000), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-900). Government employment, at 781,900, decreased 2,800 as losses in state government (-4,200) outweighed gains in local (+1,100) and federal (+300) government.

From September 2015 to September 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 73,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 1,900. Construction added 4,300 jobs, mining and logging lost 2,300 jobs, and manufacturing lost 100 jobs as losses in durable goods (-9,000) surpassed gains in nondurable goods (+8,900). The private service-providing sector added 57,400 jobs in educational and health services (+17,600), leisure and hospitality (+12,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,600), other services (+8,600), financial activities (+7,100), professional and business services (+2,600), and information (+300). Government employment increased 14,100 in state (+6,400), local (+5,900), and federal (+1,800) 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 September 2016 will be posted online at on Tuesday, October 25. October 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 18, 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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