News Release
November 15, 2019
Bret Crow, or
Angela Terez,

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in October 2019, unchanged from September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,000 over the month, from a revised 5,593,100 in September to 5,592,100 in October 2019.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 246,000, up 3,000 from 243,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 265,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in October 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 3.6 percent, up from 3.5 percent in September, and down from 3.8 percent in October 2018.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,000 over the month, from a revised 5,593,100 in September to 5,592,100 in October, 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 924,600, lost 3,200 jobs from September as losses in manufacturing (-2,300) and construction (-1,000) exceeded gains in mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,884,100, lost 800 jobs. Employment losses in other services (-2,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,700), and professional and business services (-1,700) outpaced gains in leisure and hospitality (+2,400), educational and health services (+2,300), and information (+200). Financial activities did not change over the month. Government employment, at 783,400, increased 3,000 as gains in local (+3,100) and state (+700) government exceeded losses in federal government (-800).

From October 2018 to October 2019, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 19,600. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 10,400. Manufacturing decreased 2,000 jobs as losses in durable goods (-2,300) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+300). Construction lost 8,600 jobs while mining and logging added 200 jobs. Private service-providing industries added 23,600 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+12,600), leisure and hospitality (+12,400), professional and business services (+3,400), and financial activities (+2,400) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-6,000), information (-700), and other services (-500). Government employment increased 6,400 with gains in local (+4,700), state (+1,600), and federal (+100) 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 October 2019 will be posted online at on Tuesday, November 19. November 2019 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 20, 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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