News Release
October 21, 2022
Bill Teets, 614-403-2331

Dasia Clemente, 614-817-2945
Ohio’s Unemployment Rate was 4.0% in September, Unchanged from August

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.0% in September 2022, unchanged from August 2022. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 7,600 over the month, from a revised 5,488,100 in August 2022 to 5,480,500 in September 2022.

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

Household Survey Data

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 232,000, up from 229,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 38,000 in the past 12 months from 270,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio decreased 0.7% from 4.7% in September 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for September 2022 was 3.5%, down from 3.7% in August 2022, and down from 4.7% in September 2021

In September 2022, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 61.7%, down from 61.8% in August 2022 and up from 61.5% in September 2021. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 62.3%, down from 62.4% in August 2022 and up from 61.7% in September 2021.

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

Establishment Survey Data

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 7,600 over the month, from a revised 5,488,100 in August to 5,480,500 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 935,400, increased 11,100 over the month with gains in manufacturing (+8,700); construction (+2,100); and mining and logging (+300). The private service-providing sector, at 3,789,900, decreased 17,300 as losses in leisure and hospitality (-5,400); educational and health services (-5,300); other services (-5,000); professional and business services (-3,200); and financial activities (-1,400) exceeded gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,700) and information (+300). Government employment, at 755,200, decreased 1,400 as losses in state (-1,200) and local (-400) government outpaced gains in federal government (+200).

From September 2021 to September 2022, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 93,300. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 36,800. Manufacturing added 23,200 jobs in nondurable goods (+13,100) and durable goods (+10,100). Construction added 13,000 jobs while mining and logging gained 600 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 53,600 as gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+25,400); leisure and hospitality (+14,900); other services (+6,300); information (+4,900); educational and health services (+2,700); and financial activities (+100) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-700). Government employment increased 2,900 as gains in local government (+7,400) surpassed losses in state (-4,100) and federal (-400) 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 September 2022 will be posted online at on Tuesday, October 25. October 2022 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, November 18, 2022. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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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