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March 6, 2015  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in January 2015, unchanged from a revised 5.1 percent in December 2014. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 25,100 over the month, from a revised 5,369,900 in December to 5,395,000 in January.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 293,000, up 1,000 from 292,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 78,000 in the past 12 months from 371,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 6.5 percent in January 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in December, and down from 6.6 percent in January 2014.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 25,100 over the month, from a revised 5,369,900 in December 2014 to 5,395,000 in January 2015, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 888,600, increased 2,300 from December as gains in manufacturing (+3,600) and mining and logging (+100) surpassed losses in construction (-1,400). The private service-providing sector, at 3,754,400, added 31,000 jobs. Employment increased in trade, transportation, and utilities (+12,300), educational and health services (+10,100), leisure and hospitality (+3,100), professional and business services (+2,700), financial activities (+1,300), other services (+900), and information (+600). Government employment, at 752,000, lost 8,200 jobs in local (-4,600), state (-3,100), and federal (-500) government.

From January 2014 to January 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 97,800. Goods-producing industries increased 17,200. Manufacturing added 12,500 jobs in durable goods (+10,800) and nondurable goods (+1,700), construction added 2,700 jobs, and mining and logging added 2,000 jobs. The private service-providing sector increased 87,600. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+27,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,400), professional and business services (+17,000), educational and health services (+15,600), financial activities (+5,400), and other services (+2,000) exceeded an employment decline in information (-1,100). Government employment lost 7,000 jobs in local (-4,900), state (-1,400), and federal (-700) government.

 EDITOR'S NOTE: All data cited are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor. Data sources include 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 by contacting the Bureau of Labor Market Information at (614) 752-9494. Ohioans can access tens of thousands of job openings, for positions ranging from file clerks to CEOs, at

News release dates
A calendar of 2015 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for January 2015 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 10. February 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, March 20, 2015. 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 for the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.