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July 17, 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 June 2015, unchanged from May. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 1,900 over the month, from a revised 5,398,600 in May to 5,396,700 in June 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 296,000, down 6,000 from 302,000 in May. The number of unemployed has decreased by 26,000 in the past 12 months from 322,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.6 percent in June 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in May and down from 6.1 percent in June 2014.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,900 over the month, from a revised 5,398,600 in May to 5,396,700 in June 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 891,600 lost 5,000 jobs in construction (-3,700), manufacturing
(-1,200), and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,748,500, lost 3,400 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (-4,800), leisure and hospitality (-4,700), and information (-400) exceeded gains in educational and health services (+3,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,200), financial activities (+800), and other services (+100). Government employment, at 756,600, increased 6,500 as gains in local (+10,900) and federal (+100) government surpassed losses in state government (-4,500).

From June 2014 to June 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 71,800. Goods-producing industries increased 6,300. Manufacturing added 17,100 jobs in durable goods (+9,000) and nondurable goods (+8,100). Mining and logging added 100 jobs. Construction lost 10,900 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 59,300 jobs. Employment gains occurred in all industries: trade, transportation, and utilities (+17,800), leisure and hospitality (+15,200), educational and health services (+12,600), financial activities (+7,200), professional and business services (+3,600), other services (+2,800), and information (+100). Government employment increased 6,200 as gains in local government (+7,200) surpassed losses in federal (-500) and state (-500) 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 June 2015 will be posted online at on Tuesday, July 21. July 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, August 21, 2015. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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