News Release
March 8, 2019
Bret Crow, or
Angela Terez,

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January 2019, up from a revised 4.6 percent in December. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 20,300 over the month, from a revised 5,583,300 in December to 5,603,600 in January 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 269,000, up 2,000 from 267,000 in December. The number of unemployed has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months from 258,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.5 percent in January 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.0 percent, an increase from 3.9 percent in December, and a decrease from 4.1 percent in January 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 20,300 over the month, from a revised 5,583,300 in December to 5,603,600 in January, 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 941,100, increased 700 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+1,600) outpaced losses in construction (-900). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,883,400, added 18,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+7,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,500), leisure and hospitality (+4,200), financial activities (+2,100), and information (+700) surpassed losses in other services (-1,500) and professional and business services (-600). Government employment, at 779,100, increased 900 as gains in local (+1,300) and state (+300) government exceeded losses in federal government (-700).

From January 2018 to January 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 55,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 18,700. Manufacturing added 11,000 jobs in durable goods (+8,100) and nondurable goods (+2,900). Construction added 7,200 jobs and mining and logging added 500 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 38,600 as gains in educational and health services (+19,300), leisure and hospitality (+10,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,600), professional and business services (+1,300), and financial activities (+1,000) outweighed losses in information (-1,200) and other services (-1,000). Government employment decreased 1,800 as losses in local (-2,700) and federal (-300) government exceeded gains in state government (+1,200).

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 January 2019 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 12. February 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 22, 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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