News Release
June 16, 2017
Contact: Jon Keeling
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in May 2017, down from 5.0 percent in April 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,509,100 in April to 5,515,400 in May 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 286,000, down 2,000 from 288,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio, at 4.9 percent, did not change from May 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in April 2017, and 0.4 percentage points lower than in May 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,509,100 in April to 5,515,400 in May 2017, 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 905,700, decreased 5,600 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-3,600) and construction (-2,100) exceeded gains in mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,836,100, increased 5,200. Employment gains in professional and business services (+7,000), educational and health services (+6,500), other services (+2,900), and financial activities (+1,900) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-6,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,900), and information (-1,200). Government employment, at 773,600, increased 6,700 in state (+5,000), local (+1,300), and federal (+400) government.

From May 2016 to May 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 41,100. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 4,500. Construction added 4,900 jobs. Manufacturing lost 400 jobs as losses in durable goods (-1,800) surpassed gains in nondurable goods (+1,400). Mining and logging employment did not change over the year. The private service-providing sector added 38,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+22,800), professional and business services (+11,300), financial activities (+6,300), leisure and hospitality (+2,500), and information (+900) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,100). Employment in other services did not change over the year. Government employment decreased 2,100 as losses in state government (-2,900) outweighed gains in federal (+700) and local (+100) 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 2017 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for May 2017 will be posted online at on Tuesday, June 20. June 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, July 21, 2017. 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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