News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2021
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Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.5% in December 2020, down from 5.7% in November. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,253,200 in November to 5,241,700 in December 2020.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 315,000, down from 328,000 in November. The number of unemployed has increased by 78,000 in the past 12 months from 237,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1% in December 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 6.7%, unchanged from November, and up from 3.6% in December 2019.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,253,200 in November to 5,241,700 in December, 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 893,900, decreased 900 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-1,100) and construction (-100) exceeded gains in mining and logging (+300). The private service-providing sector, at 3,618,700 decreased 5,600 as losses in leisure and hospitality (-9,200), educational and health services (-6,200), professional and business services (-1,000), and information (-200) outpaced gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,600), financial activities (+2,100), and other services (+300). Government employment, at 729,100, decreased 5,000 as losses in local (-5,600) and federal (-100) government exceeded gains in state government (+700).

From December 2019 to December 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 350,200. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 45,600. Manufacturing lost 31,900 jobs as losses in durable goods (-35,100) surpassed gains in nondurable goods (+3,200). Construction decreased 12,600 jobs and mining and logging lost 1,100 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 250,800 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-125,400), professional and business services (-40,400), educational and health services (-39,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (-22,000), financial activities (-10,900), other services (-8,800), and information (-4,000). Government employment decreased 53,800 with losses in local (-28,400), state (-24,700), and federal (-700) government.

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 2021 release dates is available online at https://ohiolmi.com/Home/Events. County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for December 2020 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com/ on Tuesday, January 26. January 2021 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 12, 2021. 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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