News Release
March 11, 2022
Tom Betti, 614-817-2945

Bill Teets, 614-403-2331
Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Decreased to 4.3% in January

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.3% in January 2022, down from 4.5% in December 2021. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 18,600 over the month, from a revised 5,403,000 in December to 5,421,600 in January 2022.

Ohio and U.S. Unemployment Rates, seasonally adjusted January 2021 – January 2022
Ohio Nonfarm Payroll Employment Over-the-Month Change, seasonally adjusted, January 2021 – January 2022

Household Survey Data

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 246,000, down from 256,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 95,000 in the past 12 months from 341,000. The January 2022 unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 6.0% in January 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for January 2022 was 4.0%, up from 3.9% in December 2021, and down from 6.4% in January 2021.

In January 2022, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 61.5%, unchanged from December 2021 and up from 61.3% in January 2021. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 62.2%, up from 61.9% in December 2021 and up from 61.4% in January 2021.

Ohio and U.S. Labor Force Participation Rates, seasonally adjusted, January 2021 – January 2022

Establishment Survey Data

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 18,600 over the month, from a revised 5,403,000 in December to 5,421,600 in January, 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 918,200, increased 3,900 over the month as gains in construction (+2,800) and manufacturing (+1,200) surpassed losses in mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,756,500, increased 9,300 with gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,900); leisure and hospitality (+2,900); professional and business services (+2,000); financial activities (+1,100); information (+200); and educational and health services (+200). Other services did not change over the month. Government employment, at 746,900, increased 5,400 with gains in state (+3,300); local (+1,600); and federal (+500) government.

From January 2021 to January 2022, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 88,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 25,600. Manufacturing added 13,500 jobs in durable goods (+9,100) and nondurable goods (+4,400). Construction added 12,300 jobs while mining and logging employment decreased 200. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 68,100 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+44,900); trade, transportation, and utilities (+16,400); professional and business services (+8,900); other services (+7,700); financial activities (+4,900); and information (+2,500) exceeded losses in educational and health services (-17,200). Government employment decreased 4,900 as losses in state government (-5,600) outweighed gains in local (+500) 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

News release dates
A calendar of 2022 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2022 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 15. February 2022 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 25, 2022. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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