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December 18, 2015  
 Contact: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted) Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in November 2015, up from 4.4 percent in October. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,900 over the month, from a revised 5,427,100 in October to 5,437,000 in November 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 255,000, up 6,000 from 249,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 41,000 in the past 12 months from 296,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.2 percent in November 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 5.0 percent, unchanged from October and down from 5.8 percent in November 2014.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,900 over the month, from a revised 5,427,100 in October to 5,437,000 in November 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 898,100, added 3,300 jobs over the month. Job gains in construction
(+3,900) outweighed job losses in manufacturing (-600). Mining and logging did not change. The private service-providing sector, at 3,778,200, added 3,700 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+6,000), professional and business services (+2,800), other services (+1,000), information (+300), and financial activities (+200) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,700) and educational and health services (-900). Government employment, at 760,700 added 2,900 jobs in local (+1,400), federal (+800), and state (+700) government.

From November 2014 to November 2015, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 75,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 12,100. Manufacturing added 11,600 jobs in both nondurable goods (+8,500) and durable goods (+3,100). Construction added 2,200 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 1,700. The private service-providing sector added 58,800 jobs. Gains were seen in all industries: leisure and hospitality (+17,700), educational and health services (+17,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+11,500), financial activities (+8,100), information (+1,800), other services (+1,700), and professional and business services (+500). Government employment increased 4,900 in local (+2,600), state (+1,900), and federal (+400) 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 November 2015 will be posted online at on Tuesday, December 22. December 2015 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, January 22, 2016. 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.