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May 22, 2015  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April 2015, up from 5.1 percent in March. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 6,400 over the month, from a revised 5,388,600 in March to 5,395,000 in April 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 297,000, up 3,000 from 294,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 39,000 in the past 12 months from 336,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.9 percent in April 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in March and down from 6.2 percent in April 2014.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,400 over the month, from a revised 5,388,600 in March to 5,395,000 in April 2015, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 896,700, added 4,100 jobs as gains in manufacturing (+5,200) exceeded losses in construction (-1,000) and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,741,500, added 4,500 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services (+4,700), educational and health services (+2,700), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+100) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities(-1,800), leisure and hospitality (-1,300), and other services (-1,000). Government employment, at 756,800, decreased 2,200 as losses in local government (-3,200) offset gains in federal (+800) and state (+200) government.

From April 2014 to April 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 74,300. Goods-producing industries increased 16,800. Manufacturing added 19,100 jobs in durable goods (+14,600) and nondurable goods (+4,500), mining and logging increased 700, while construction decreased 3,000. The private service-providing sector increased 59,900. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+22,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+13,800), educational and health services (+10,400), financial activities (+7,500), professional and business services (+4,400), and other services (+1,000) surpassed losses in information (-100). Government employment decreased 2,400 due to losses in local government (-5,000) outweighed gains in state government (+2,600). Federal government did not change over the year.

 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 April 2015 will be posted online at on Wednesday, May 27. May 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 19, 2015. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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Choose this link to view the table for the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.