News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2021
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Tom Betti, 614-817-2945
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Bill Teets, 614-403-2331
Bill.teets@jfs.ohio.gov
Ohio’s Unemployment Rate was 5.4% in September, Unchanged from August

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.4% in September 2021, unchanged from 5.4% in August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,900 over the month, from a revised 5,346,000 in August to 5,355,900 in September 2021.

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

Household Survey Data

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 303,000, down from 305,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 115,000 in the past 12 months from 418,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 7.4% in September 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate for September 2021 was 4.8%, down from 5.2% in August, and down from 7.8% in September 2020.

In September, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 61.1%, up from 60.8% in August 2021 and down from 61.2% in September 2020. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 61.6%, down from 61.7% in August but up from 61.4% from one year ago.

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

Establishment Survey Data

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,900 over the month, from a revised 5,346,000 in August to 5,355,900 in September, 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 895,000, increased 500 over the month as gains in construction (+3,500) outpaced losses in manufacturing (-2,800) and mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,701,600, increased 3,600 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,500) and other services (+400) exceeded losses in educational and health services (-1,300); leisure and hospitality (-1,000); financial activities (-900); professional and business services (-700); and information (-400). Government employment, at 759,300, increased 5,800 with gains in state (+5,100); local (+400); and federal (+300) government.

From September 2020 to September 2021, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 88,700. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 11,200. Manufacturing added 3,400 jobs in nondurable goods. Durable goods did not change over the year. Construction added 8,000 jobs while mining and logging lost 200 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 70,800. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+31,100); trade, transportation, and utilities (+24,200); professional and business services (+14,400); educational and health services (+2,900); information (+1,300); and financial activities (+700) surpassed losses in other services (-3,800). Government employment increased 6,700 as gains in local (+10,300) and state (+5,200) government outweighed losses in federal government (-8,800).

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 September 2021 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com/ on Tuesday, October 26. October 2021 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 19, 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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