News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 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 8.9% in August 2020, down from a revised 9.0% in July. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 45,500 over the month, from a revised 5,101,700 in July to 5,147,200 in August 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 510,000, unchanged from July. The number of unemployed has increased by 269,000 in the past 12 months from 241,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.2% in August 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 8.4%, down from 10.2% in July, and up from 3.7% in August 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 45,500 over the month, from a revised 5,101,700 in July to 5,147,200 in August, 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 883,700, increased 4,200 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+4,500) exceeded losses in construction (-300). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,531,200 increased 33,500. Gains in educational and health services (+12,300), professional and business services (+7,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,800), leisure and hospitality (+4,500), other services (+2,300), and information (+200) outpaced losses in financial activities (-100). Government employment, at 732,300, increased 7,800 as gains in federal (+8,200) and local (+900) government outweighed losses in state government (-1,300).

From August 2019 to August 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 448,700. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 55,700. Manufacturing lost 41,100 jobs with losses in durable goods (-40,000) and nondurable goods (-1,100). Construction decreased 12,600 jobs and mining and logging lost 2,000 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 333,800 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-142,700), professional and business services (-63,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (-58,500), educational and health services (-39,700), financial activities (-15,700), other services (-10,200), and information (-3,800). Government employment decreased 59,200 as losses in local (-42,800) and state (-24,400) government surpassed gains in federal government (+8,000).

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 August 2020 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com on Tuesday, September 22. September 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 16, 2020. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at http://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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