News Release
May 17, 2019
Bret Crow, or
Angela Terez,

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in April 2019, down from 4.4 percent in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,400 over the month, from a revised 5,595,300 in March to 5,596,700 in April 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 247,000, down 11,000 from 258,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 262,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in April 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent down from 3.8 percent in March and down from 3.9 percent in April 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,400 over the month, from a revised 5,595,300 in March to 5,596,700 in April, 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 936,200, decreased 200 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-500) and mining and logging (-200) surpassed gains in construction (+500). The private service-providing sector, at 3,879,600, added 200 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+2,100), financial activities (+2,000), and professional and business services (+100) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,400), other services (-1,200), leisure and hospitality (-300), and information (-100). Government employment, at 780,900, increased 1,400 with gains in local (+700), federal (+400), and state (+300) government.

From April 2018 to April 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 44,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 8,700. Manufacturing increased 2,900 as gains in nondurable goods (+3,800) exceeded losses in durable goods (-900). Construction added 5,500 jobs and mining and logging added 300 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 36,200. Employment gains in educational and health services (+16,900), leisure and hospitality (+11,600), professional and business services (+5,100), financial activities (+3,400), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+500) outweighed losses in information (-1,200) and other services (-100). Government employment decreased 500 as losses in local government (-4,000) surpassed gains in state (+2,600) and federal (+900) 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 April 2019 will be posted online at on Tuesday, May 21. May 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 21, 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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