News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 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 Decreased to 4.8% in November

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.8% in November 2021, down from 5.1% in October. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,200 over the month, from a revised 5,378,900 in October to 5,391,100 in November 2021.

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

Household Survey Data

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 275,000, down from 289,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 45,000 in the past 12 months from 320,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.6% in November 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate for November 2021 was 4.2%, down from 4.6% in October, and down from 6.7% in November 2020.

In November, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 61.3%, up from 61.2% in October 2021 and down from 61.9% in November 2020. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 61.8%, up from 61.6% in October and up from 61.5% in November 2020.

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

Establishment Survey Data

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,200 over the month, from a revised 5,378,900 in October to 5,391,100 in November, 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 901,600, increased 3,200 over the month as gains in construction (+2,800) and manufacturing (+500) surpassed losses in mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,733,300, increased 8,100 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+8,000); professional and business services (+2,200); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,400); information (+400); and other services (+400) outpaced losses in educational and health services (-3,200) and financial activities (-1,100). Government employment, at 756,200, increased 900 as gains in federal government (+1,000) exceeded losses in state government (-100). Local government employment did not change over the month.

From November 2020 to November 2021, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 98,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 12,800. Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs. Gains in nondurable goods (+3,100) exceeded losses in durable goods (-900). Construction added 11,200 jobs and mining and logging lost 600. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 77,400. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+39,600); trade, transportation, and utilities (+24,100); professional and business services (+17,800); information (+2,100); other services (+900); and financial activities (+200) outweighed losses in educational and health services (-7,300). Government employment increased 8,600 with gains in local (+6,200); state (+2,200); and federal (+200) 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 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 November 2021 will be posted online at https://ohiolmi.com/ on Tuesday, December 21. December 2021 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, January 21, 2022. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at https://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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