News Release
November 20, 2020
Contact: Bret Crow
Phone: 614-307-9562

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.6% in October 2020, down from a revised 8.3% in September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 30,800 over the month, from a revised 5,191,500 in September to 5,222,300 in October 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 324,000, down from 469,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 86,000 in the past 12 months from 238,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1% in October 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 6.9%, down from 7.9% in September, and up from 3.6% in October 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 30,800 over the month, from a revised 5,191,500 in September to 5,222,300 in October, 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 896,200, increased 9,900 over the month with gains in manufacturing (+8,100), construction (+1,500), and mining and logging (+300). The private service-providing sector, at 3,592,600 increased 23,700 as gains in professional and business services (+7,300), leisure and hospitality (+6,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,700), financial activities (+3,000), educational and health services (+1,500), and other services (+400) exceeded losses in information (-300). Government employment, at 733,500, decreased 2,800 as losses in federal government (-5,500) surpassed gains in local (+2,600) and state (+100) government.

From October 2019 to October 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 353,600. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 39,300. Manufacturing lost 26,300 jobs as losses in durable goods (-29,900) outpaced gains in nondurable goods (+3,600). Construction decreased 11,500 jobs, and mining and logging lost 1,500 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 262,400 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-123,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (-43,200), professional and business services (-42,700), educational and health services (-33,200), financial activities (-11,600), other services (-4,600), and information (-3,300). Government employment decreased 51,900 as losses in local (-26,800) and state (-26,600) government outweighed gains in federal government (+1,500).

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 October 2020 will be posted online at on Tuesday, November 24. November 2020 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, December 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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