News Release
July 21, 2017
Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in June 2017, up from 4.9 percent in May 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,517,300 in May to 5,528,800 in June 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 291,000, up 5,000 from 286,000 in May. The number of unemployed has increased by 10,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in June 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in May 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in June 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,517,300 in May to 5,528,800 in June 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 909,500, increased 4,700 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+4,000) and construction (+900) exceeded losses in mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,839,700, increased 700. Employment gains in financial activities (+2,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,600), other services (+700), and educational and health services (+600) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-3,000), information (-1,000), and professional and business services (-600). Government employment, at 779,600, increased 6,100 in state (+6,000) and local (+100) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From June 2016 to June 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 56,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 8,800. Construction added 6,400 jobs. Manufacturing added 2,400 jobs as gains in nondurable goods (+2,600) surpassed losses in durable goods (-200). Mining and logging employment did not change over the year. The private service-providing sector added 45,900 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+21,700), professional and business services (+9,400), financial activities (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+5,400), other services (+1,200), and information (+800) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-600). Government employment increased 2,100 as gains in state (+1,900) and federal (+300) government outweighed losses in local government (-100).

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 June 2017 will be posted online at on Tuesday, July 25. July 2017 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, August 18, 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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