News Release
September 20, 2019
Bret Crow, 614-466-6650

Angela Terez

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in August 2019, up from 4.0 percent in July. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,700 over the month, from a revised 5,588,000 in July to 5,591,700 in August 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 238,000, up 3,000 from 235,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 24,000 in the past 12 months from 262,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in August 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 3.7 percent, unchanged from July, and down from 3.8 percent in August 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,700 over the month, from a revised 5,588,000 in July to 5,591,700 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.

Goods-producing industries, at 932,300, lost 1,400 jobs from July with losses in manufacturing (-1,200) and construction (-200). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,875,000, added 2,600 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+2,900), professional and business services (+2,400), financial activities (+600), and other services (+600) exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality (-3,200), information (-600), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-100). Government employment, at 784,400, increased 2,500 with gains in federal (+1,100), local (+800), and state (+600) government.

From August 2018 to August 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 24,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 1,700. Manufacturing added 5,000 jobs in nondurable goods (+3,600) and durable goods (+1,400). Construction lost 3,600 jobs while mining and logging employment increased 300. Private service-providing industries added 19,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+12,500), leisure and hospitality (+8,400), professional and business services (+4,300), and financial activities (+200) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,100), information (-1,400), and other services (-200). Government employment increased 3,400 as gains in state (+2,200) and federal (+1,800) government outpaced losses in local government (-600).

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 August 2019 will be posted online at on Tuesday, September 24. September 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 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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