News Release
August 21, 2020
Bret Crow, 614-728-9656

Angela Terez

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.9% in July 2020, down from a revised 11.0% in June. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 62,700 over the month, from a revised 5,038,400 in June to 5,101,100 in July 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 503,000, down 133,000 from 636,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 262,000 in the past 12 months from 241,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.2% in July 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 10.2%, down from 11.1% in June, and up from 3.7% in July 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 62,700 over the month, from a revised 5,038,400 in June to 5,101,100 in July, 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 875,900, decreased 2,000 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-3,700) and mining and logging (-300) exceeded gains in construction (+2,000). The private service-providing sector, at 3,500,200 increased 59,800. Gains in leisure and hospitality (+25,100), educational and health services (+15,700), professional and business services (+14,700), other services (+4,600), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+400) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,800). Government employment, at 725,000, increased 4,900 as gains in local (+4,500) and federal (+900) government outpaced losses in state government (-500).

From July 2019 to July 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 495,100. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 65,200. Manufacturing lost 48,200 jobs with losses in durable goods (-44,700) and nondurable goods (-3,500). Construction lost 14,700 jobs and mining and logging lost 2,300 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 365,300 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-146,900), professional and business services (-70,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-65,700), educational and health services (-50,300), financial activities (-15,600), other services (-12,200), and information (-4,500). Government employment decreased 64,600 as losses in local (-43,100) and state (-22,600) government outweighed gains in federal government (+1,100).

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 July 2020 will be posted online at on Tuesday, August 25. August 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, September 18, 2020. 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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