News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2021
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Tom Betti, 614-817-2945
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Ohio’s Unemployment Rate was 5.4% in August, Unchanged from July

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.4% in August 2021, unchanged from July. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,400 over the month, from a revised 5,348,300 in July to 5,345,900 in August 2021.

Ohio and U.S. Unemployment Rates, seasonally adjusted August 2020 – August 2021
Ohio Nonfarm Payroll Employment Over-the-Month Change, seasonally adjusted, August 2020 – August 2021

Household Survey Data

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 305,000, up from 300,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 218,000 in the past 12 months from 523,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 9.0% in August 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 5.2%, down from 5.4% in July, and down from 8.4% in August 2020.

In August, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 60.8%, up from 60.5% in July 2021 and down from 62.7% in August 2020. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 61.7%, unchanged last month and unchanged from one year ago.

Ohio and U.S. Labor Force Participation Rates, seasonally adjusted, August 2020 – August 2021

Establishment Survey Data

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,400 over the month, from a revised 5,348,300 in July to 5,345,900 in August, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 894,900, increased 400 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+900) and mining and logging (+100) exceeded losses in construction (-600). The private service-providing sector, at 3,695,800, decreased 2,600 as losses in educational and health services (-4,800); financial activities (-1,600); leisure and hospitality (-1,500); trade, transportation, and utilities (-900); and other services (-700) surpassed gains in professional and business services (+6,300) and information (+600). Government employment, at 755,200, decreased 200 as losses in state government (-500) outweighed gains in local government (+300). Federal government did not change over the month.

From August 2020 to August 2021, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 113,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 19,500. Manufacturing added 13,700 jobs in durable goods (+7,000) and nondurable goods (+6,700). Construction added 5,800 jobs while mining and logging employment did not change over the year. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 96,300 with gains in leisure and hospitality (+41,800); trade, transportation, and utilities (+20,400); professional and business services (+19,900); educational and health services (+9,000); information (+3,100); financial activities (+1,900); and other services (+200). Government employment decreased 2,300 as losses in federal (-10,400) and state (-6,100) government outpaced gains in local government (+14,200).

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 https://ohiomeansjobs.ohio.gov/.

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 August 2021 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com/ on Tuesday, September 21. September 2021 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, October 22, 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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