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March 18, 2016  
 Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in February 2016, unchanged from January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,465,300 in January to 5,477,700 in February 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 285,000, up 6,000 from 279,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 6,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in February 2015.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 4.9 percent, unchanged from January and down from 5.5 percent in February 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,465,300 in January to 5,477,700 in February 2016, 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 912,100, lost 600 jobs over the month. Job losses in manufacturing (-2,300) and mining and logging (-400) outweighed job gains in construction (+2,100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,795,300, added 9,600 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,800), educational and health services (+4,300), and financial activities (+3,900) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-2,200), other services (-1,200), and information (-1,000). Professional and business services did not change over the month. Government employment, at 770,300, increased 3,400 as gains in local (+5,400) and federal (+800) government exceeded losses in state government (-2,800).

From February 2015 to February 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 78,700. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 12,800. Construction added 10,900 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 5,100 as gains in nondurable goods (+8,300) exceeded losses in durable goods (-3,200). Mining and logging lost 3,200 jobs over the year. The private service-providing sector added 64,300 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+21,800), leisure and hospitality (+17,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+16,100), financial activities (+5,900), other services (+4,200), and information (+400) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-1,700). Government employment increased 1,600 as gains in state (+1,100) and federal (+900) government were partially offset by losses in local government (-400).

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 2016 release dates is available online at County, city, and metropolitan area unemployment rates for February 2016 will be posted online at on Tuesday, March 22. March 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, April 15, 2016. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

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