News Release
May 20, 2016
Contact: Angela Terez
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April 2016, up from 5.1 percent in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 13,600 over the month, from a revised 5,491,400 in March to 5,477,800 in April 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 302,000, up 8,000 from 294,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 287,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the April 2015 rate of 5.0 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 5.0 percent, unchanged from March and down from 5.4 percent in April 2015.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 13,600 over the month, from a revised 5,491,400 in March to 5,477,800 in April 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 904,800, lost 2,000 jobs over the month. Job losses in manufacturing (-2,700) and mining and logging (-200) exceeded job gains in construction (+900). The private service-providing sector, at 3,803,200, lost 4,600 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (-5,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,900), other services (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (-800), and information (-100) surpassed gains in financial activities (+4,100) and educational and health services (+1,200). Government employment, at 769,800, decreased 7,000 in local (-6,100), state (-500), and federal (-400) government.

From April 2015 to April 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 71,900. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 5,600. Construction added 10,200 jobs. Mining and logging lost 2,900 jobs. Manufacturing employment decreased 1,700 as losses in durable goods (-7,500) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+5,800). The private service-providing sector added 64,800 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+24,000), leisure and hospitality (+15,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+11,200), financial activities (+9,800), other services (+4,800), and information (+200) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-700). Government employment increased 1,500 as gains in state (+2,900) and federal (+300) government outweighed losses in local government (-1,700).

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 April 2016 will be posted online at on Tuesday, May 24. May 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, June 17, 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 on the Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates for Ohio.

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