News Release
March 12, 2021
Tom Betti, (614) 817-2945

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

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.3% in January 2021, down from a revised 5.6% in December. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 28,900 over the month, from a revised 5,277,800 in December to 5,306,700 in January 2021.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 307,000, down from 321,000 in December. The number of unemployed has increased by 39,000 in the past 12 months from 268,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.5% in January 2020.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 6.3%, down from 6.7% in December, and up from 3.5% in January 2020.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 28,900 over the month, from a revised 5,277,800 in December to 5,306,700 in January, 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 890,700, increased 1,800 over the month with gains in construction (+1,400) and manufacturing (+400). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,667,000 increased 21,000 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+10,300), educational and health services (+6,800), financial activities (+1,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,400), professional and business services (+800), and information (+400) exceeded losses in other services (-400). Government employment, at 749,000, increased 6,100 as gains in state (+4,500) and local (+1,700) government employment surpassed a loss in federal government employment (-100).

From January 2020 to January 2021, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 307,000. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 46,500. Manufacturing lost 37,000 jobs in durable goods (-34,000) and nondurable goods (-3,000). Construction lost 7,800 jobs and mining and logging employment decreased 1,700. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 214,100 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-93,500), educational and health services (-49,900), professional and business services (-35,000), other services (-22,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (-6,600), information (-5,900), and financial activities (-400). Government employment decreased 46,400 with losses in local (-29,900), state (-15,800), 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

News release dates
A calendar of 2021 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2021 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 16. February 2021 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 26, 2021. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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Choose this link to view the table on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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