News Release
July 22, 2016
Contact: Jon Keeling
Phone: 614-466-6650

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in June 2016, down from 5.1 percent in May. Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,484,600 in May to 5,497,000 in June 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 291,000, down 9,000 from 300,000 in May. The number of unemployed has increased by 17,000 in the past 12 months from 274,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the June 2015 rate of 4.8 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 percent in May and down from 5.3 percent in June 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 5,484,600 in May to 5,497,000 in June 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 905,500, added 4,000 jobs over the month. Job gains in manufacturing (+2,600) and construction (+1,700) surpassed losses in mining and logging (-300). The private service-providing sector, at 3,813,400, lost 1,200 jobs. Employment losses in educational and health services (-6,500), financial activities (-2,500), and other services (-1,200) exceeded gains in professional and business services (+6,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,500), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+600). Information did not change from May. Government employment, at 778,100, increased 9,600 in local (+5,100), state (+4,100), and federal (+400) government.

From June 2015 to June 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 81,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 6,200. Construction added 9,900 jobs over the year. Mining and logging lost 3,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment decreased 700 as losses in durable goods (-7,500) outweighed gains in nondurable goods (+6,800). The private service-providing sector added 65,500 jobs in educational and health services (+20,300), leisure and hospitality (+19,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+10,900), financial activities (+6,200), other services (+5,600), professional and business services (+3,100), and information (+400). Government employment increased 9,900 as gains in state (+9,800) and federal (+1,300) government offset losses in local government (-1,200).

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 June 2016 will be posted online at on Tuesday, July 26. July 2016 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, August 19, 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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