News Release
June 15, 2018
Bret Crow, or
Angela Terez,

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in May 2018, unchanged from April 2018. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 22,600 over the month, from a revised 5,576,000 in April to 5,598,600 in May 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 250,000, up 1,000 from 249,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 42,000 in the past 12 months from 292,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1 percent in May 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in April, and down from 4.3 percent in May 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 22,600 over the month, from a revised 5,576,000 in April to 5,598,600 in May, 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 933,700, increased 6,700 over the month with gains in construction (+6,000), manufacturing (+500), and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,877,000, added 13,400 jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,300), financial activities (+2,400), leisure and hospitality (+2,100), professional and business services (+1,600), educational and health services (+800), information (+600), and other services (+600). Government employment, at 787,900, increased 2,500 in local (+2,300) and state (+200) government. Federal government did not change over the month.

From May 2017 to May 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 76,200. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 18,400. Manufacturing added 10,200 jobs in durable goods (+8,600) and nondurable goods (+1,600). Construction added 7,100 jobs and mining and logging added 1,100 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 50,200 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+18,600), educational and health services (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+7,900), financial activities (+7,100), other services (+6,500), and professional and business services (+2,500) outweighed losses in information (-400). Government employment increased 7,600. Gains in state (+6,500) and local (+1,200) government exceeded losses in federal 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 2018 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for May 2018 will be posted online at on Tuesday, June 19. June 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, July 20, 2018. 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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