News Release
December 21, 2018
Bret Crow, or
Angela Terez,

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in November 2018, unchanged from October 2018. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,200 over the month, from a revised 5,643,700 in October to 5,648,900 in November 2018.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 263,000, down 3,000 from 266,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 18,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.9 percent in November 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 3.7 percent, unchanged from October, and down from 4.1 percent in November 2017.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,200 over the month, from a revised 5,643,700 in October to 5,648,900 in November, 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 941,200, increased 1,200 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+1,400) surpassed losses in mining and logging (-100) and construction (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,917,400, added 4,600 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services (+2,800), educational and health services (+1,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,500), and other services (+200) exceeded losses in information (-800), financial activities (-400), and leisure and hospitality (-400). Government employment, at 790,300, decreased 600 as losses in local government (-1,500) exceeded gains in federal government (+900). State government employment did not change over the month.

From November 2017 to November 2018, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 116,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 22,100. Manufacturing added 10,600 jobs in durable goods (+9,900) and nondurable goods (+700). Construction added 10,500 jobs and mining and logging added 1,000 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 86,300 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+26,700), educational and health services (+22,000), leisure and hospitality (+16,300), professional and business services (+11,300), other services (+8,900), and financial activities (+2,500) outweighed losses in information (-1,400). Government employment increased 8,000 with gains in state (+4,200), local (+2,400), and federal (+1,400) 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 through the OhioLMI app, which is available for free on mobile devices through the App Store or Google Play. Ohioans can access tens of thousands of job openings, for positions ranging from file clerks to CEOs, at

News release dates
A calendar of 2019 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for November 2018 will be posted online at on Friday, December 28. December 2018 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, January 18, 2019. 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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