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March 20, 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 February 2015, unchanged from January 2015. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 3,300 over the month, from a revised 5,383,900 in January to 5,387,200 in February.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 291,000, down 2,000 from 293,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 66,000 in the past 12 months from 357,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 6.2 percent in February 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in January, and down from 6.7 percent in February 2014.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,300 over the month, from a revised 5,383,900 in January 2015 to 5,387,200 in February 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 893,800, increased 4,200 from January as gains in construction (+2,900) and manufacturing (+1,500) exceeded losses in mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,736,800, lost 7,000 jobs. Employment declines in professional and business services (-6,400), educational and health services (-3,100), other services (-1,400), financial activities (-1,300), and information (-200) outweighed employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+3,200) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,200). Government employment, at 756,600, increased 6,100 due to gains in state (+3,900) and local (+2,300) government. Federal government lost 100 jobs.

From February 2014 to February 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 84,400. Goods-producing industries increased 19,700 over the year. Manufacturing gained 13,600 jobs in durable goods (+12,300) and nondurable goods (+1,300). Construction and mining and logging added 4,700 and 1,400 jobs respectively. The private service-providing sector increased 66,900. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+29,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+18,900), educational and health services (+9,200), professional and business services (+6,300),  financial activities (+3,100), and other services (+1,300) surpassed losses in information (-1,300). Government employment decreased 2,200 due to losses in local (-1,900) and federal (-800) government. State government added 500 jobs.

 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 February 2015 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 24. March 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, April 17, 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.