News Release
August 17, 2018
Bret Crow, 614-466-6650

Angela Terez

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July 2018, up from 4.5 percent in June 2018. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,600 over the month, from a revised 5,608,500 in June to 5,616,100 in July 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 265,000, up 6,000 from 259,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 28,000 in the past 12 months from 293,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1 percent in July 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 3.9 percent, down from 4.0 percent in June, and down from 4.3 percent in July 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,600 over the month, from a revised 5,608,500 in June to 5,616,100 in July, 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 942,300, increased 6,800 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+4,700) and construction (+2,200) surpassed losses in mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,888,000, added 2,000 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+1,500), leisure and hospitality (+1,300), financial activities (+700), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+200) exceeded losses in professional and business services (-1,200) and information (-500). Other services did not change over the month. Government employment, at 785,800, decreased 1,200 with losses in local (-700), state (-400), and federal (-100) government.

From July 2017 to July 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 82,200. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 24,800. Manufacturing added 16,700 jobs in durable goods (+13,200) and nondurable goods (+3,500). Construction added 7,100 jobs and mining and logging added 1,000 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 54,100 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+17,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (+14,200), financial activities (+6,900), other services (+6,000), professional and business services (+5,700), and educational and health services (+4,800) outweighed losses in information (-700). Government employment increased 3,300. Gains in state government (+6,300) exceeded losses in local (-2,600) and federal (-400) 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 2018 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for July 2018 will be posted online at on Tuesday, August 21. August 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, September 21, 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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