News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2020
Bret Crow, Bret.Crow@jfs.ohio.gov or
Angela Terez, Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov
614-728-9656

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 16.8% in April, up from a revised 5.8% in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 823,700 over the month, from a revised 5,539,100 in March to 4,715,400 in April.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 957,000, up 623,000 from 334,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 721,000 in the past 12 months from 236,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1% in April 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 14.7%, up from 4.4% in March, and up from 3.6% in April 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 823,700 over the month, from a revised 5,539,100 in March to 4,715,400 in April, 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 800,800, decreased 135,900 over the month with losses in manufacturing (-96,300), construction (-39,400), and mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,174,800 decreased 645,800 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-263,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (-115,900), professional and business services (-101,000), educational and health services (-99,900), other services (-47,400), financial activities (-12,500), and information (-5,600). Government employment, at 739,800, decreased 42,000 with losses in local (-36,400) and state (-5,600) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From April 2019 to April 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 876,700. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 141,400. Manufacturing lost 101,000 jobs with losses in durable goods (-85,200) and nondurable goods (-15,800). Construction decreased 39,400 jobs and mining and logging lost 1,000 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 687,000 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-289,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-120,000), professional and business services (-109,600), educational and health services (-99,000), other services (-48,300), financial activities (-15,800), and information (-5,200). Government employment decreased 48,300 as losses in local (-37,000) and state (-11,700) government exceeded gains in federal government (+400).

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 April 2020 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com on Wednesday, May 27. May 2022 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 19, 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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