News Release
September 21, 2018
Bret Crow, 614-466-6650

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in August 2018, unchanged from July 2018. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 13,900 over the month, from a revised 5,611,800 in July to 5,625,700 in August 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 268,000, up 3,000 from 265,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 23,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.0 percent in August 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 3.9 percent, unchanged from July, and down from 4.4 percent in August 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 13,900 over the month, from a revised 5,611,800 in July to 5,625,700 in August, 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 933,900, decreased 1,400 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-1,800) surpassed gains in construction (+300) and mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,901,000, added 10,800 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+7,800), leisure and hospitality (+3,500), other services (+2,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,200), and information (+200) exceeded losses in professional and business services (-3,500) and financial activities (-800). Government employment, at 790,800, increased 4,500 with gains in local (+3,900), state (+400), and federal (+200) government.

From August 2017 to August 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 90,200. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 16,400. Manufacturing added 8,300 jobs in durable goods (+5,600) and nondurable goods (+2,700). Construction added 6,900 jobs and mining and logging added 1,200 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 65,900 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+18,900), educational and health services (+15,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,300), other services (+7,300), financial activities (+6,100), and professional and business services (+2,900) outweighed losses in information (-400). Government employment increased 7,900 with gains in state (+7,100), local (+600), and federal (+200) 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 August 2018 will be posted online at on Tuesday, September 25. September 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 19, 2018. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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Choose this link to view the table on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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