News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2020
Bret Crow, Bret.Crow@jfs.ohio.gov or
Angela Terez, Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov
614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.1% in January 2020, unchanged from December. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,591,900 in December to 5,585,600 in January 2020. Since December 2018, Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,000.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 238,000, up 1,000 from 237,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 10,000 in the past 12 months from 248,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.3% in January 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 3.6%, up from 3.5% in December, and down from 4.0% in January 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,591,900 in December to 5,585,600 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 938,600, decreased 900 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-1,700) and mining and logging (-100) outpaced gains in construction (+900). The private service-providing sector, at 3,872,700, added 3,200 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+5,200), leisure and hospitality (+4,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,900), and other services (+400) surpassed losses in professional and business services (-6,900), financial activities (-1,600), and information (-100). Government employment, at 774,300, decreased 8,600 as losses in state (-7,600) and local (-1,500) government exceeded gains in federal government (+500).

From January 2019 to January 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment declined 12,500. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 5,200. Manufacturing lost 6,000 jobs in durable goods (-5,200) and nondurable goods (-800). Construction added 1,600 jobs while mining and logging lost 800 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 4,900 as gains in educational and health services (+10,600), leisure and hospitality (+2,300), other services (+1,000), and financial activities (+200) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-7,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,200), and information (-600). Government employment decreased 12,200 as losses in state (-8,500) and local (-4,900) government exceeded gains in federal government (+1,200).

EDITOR’S NOTE: All data cited are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor. Data sources include the 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 http://ohiomeansjobs.com.

News release dates
A calendar of 2020 release dates is available online at https://ohiolmi.com/Home/Events. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2020 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com on Tuesday, March 10. February 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 27, 2020. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at https://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm.

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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