News Release
March 27, 2020
Bret Crow, 614-466-6650

Angela Terez

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.1% in February 2020, unchanged from January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,800 over the month, from a revised 5,596,800 in January to 5,604,600 in February 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 241,000, up 3,000 from 238,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 2,000 in the past 12 months from 243,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.2% in February 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 3.5%, down from 3.6% in January, and down from 3.8% in February 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,800 over the month, from a revised 5,596,800 in January to 5,604,600 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 941,900, increased 2,500 over the month with gains in manufacturing (+1,800), construction (+600), and mining and logging (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,879,800, added 4,900 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services (+4,000), leisure and hospitality (+2,600), and information (+400) exceeded losses in financial activities (-1,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-500), and educational and health services (-500). Other services did not change over the month. Government employment, at 782,900, increased 400 as gains in local government (+1,100) outpaced losses in state (-600) and federal (-100) government.

From February 2019 to February 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 13,100. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 800. Manufacturing lost 3,700 jobs as losses in durable goods (-5,100) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+1,400). Construction added 5,100 jobs while mining and logging lost 600 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 16,100. Gains in educational and health services (+10,900), leisure and hospitality (+7,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,600), and other services (+100) surpassed losses in financial activities (-2,400) and professional and business services (-2,400). Information did not change over the year. Government employment decreased 3,800 as losses in state (-4,200) and local (-300) government outweighed gains in federal government (+700).

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

News release dates
A calendar of 2020 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for February 2020 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 31. March 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, April 17, 2020. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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Choose this link to view the table on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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