News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2020
Bret Crow, Bret.Crow@jfs.ohio.gov or
Angela Terez, Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov
(614) 307-9562

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.5% in March 2020, up from 4.1% in February. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 39,700 over the month, from a revised 5,599,100 in February to 5,559,400 in March 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 314,000, up 73,000 from 241,000 in February. The number of unemployed has increased by 75,000 in the past 12 months from 239,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1% in March 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 4.4%, up from 3.5% in February, and up from 3.8% in March 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 39,700 over the month, from a revised 5,599,100 in February to 5,559,400 in March, 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 938,100, decreased 2,800 over the month with losses in construction (-1,500), manufacturing (-1,200), and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,839,600, lost 36,300 jobs in leisure and hospitality (-27,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,400), educational and health services (-2,200), other services (-1,600), financial activities (-500), professional and business services (-400), and information (-200). Government employment, at 781,700, decreased 600 with losses in state (-500) and federal (-100) government. Local government did not change over the month.

From March 2019 to March 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 30,800. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 2,700. Manufacturing lost 3,900 jobs as losses in durable goods (-7,300) outpaced gains in nondurable goods (+3,400). Construction added 1,900 jobs while mining and logging lost 700 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 21,500 as losses in leisure and hospitality (-19,500), financial activities (-2,700), professional and business services (-2,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,100), other services (-1,700), and information (-300) outweighed gains in educational and health services (+7,500). Government employment decreased 6,600 as losses in state (-5,700) and local (-1,500) government surpassed gains in federal government (+600).

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 March 2020 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com on Tuesday, April 21. April 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, May 22, 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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