News Release
March 22, 2019
Bret Crow, or
Angela Terez,

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in February 2019, down from 4.7 percent in January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 8,200 over the month, from a revised 5,602,400 in January to 5,594,200 in February 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 265,000, down 4,000 from 269,000 in January. The number of unemployed has increased by 8,000 in the past 12 months from 257,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.5 percent in February 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0 percent in January, and from 4.1 percent in February 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 8,200 over the month, from a revised 5,602,400 in January to 5,594,200 in February, 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 938,600, decreased 4,800 over the month as losses in construction (-3,800) and manufacturing (-1,100) exceeded a small gain in mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,877,600, lost 3,100 jobs. Employment losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,900), leisure and hospitality (-1,500), educational and health services (-600), information (-500), and financial activities (-200) surpassed gains in other services (+1,400) and professional and business services (+200). Government employment, at 778,000, decreased 300 as losses in local government (-1,000) outweighed gains in federal (+500) and state (+200) government.

From February 2018 to February 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 36,100. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 11,100. Manufacturing added 8,500 jobs in nondurable goods (+4,900) and durable goods (+3,600). Construction added 2,300 jobs and mining and logging added 300 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 29,300 as gains in educational and health services (+13,800), leisure and hospitality (+9,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,500), professional and business services (+1,100), and other services (+900) surpassed losses in information (-2,200) and financial activities (-200). Government employment decreased 4,300 as losses in local (-4,700) and state (-100) government exceeded gains in federal government (+500).

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 February 2019 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 26. March 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, April 19, 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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