Ohio unemployment rate drops slightly in September; state adds 10,500 jobs

Written on Nov 02, 2017

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.3% in September, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), a slight decrease from 5.4% in August. The state added 10,500 jobs over the month.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 305,000, down 6,000 from 311,000 in August, ODJFS said. The number of unemployed has increased by 21,000 in the past 12 months from 284,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0% in September 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 4.2%, down from 4.4% in August, and down from 4.9% in September 2016.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Ohio was one of 35 states where the unemployment rate was stable over the month, while rates were lower in 11 states and higher in four states. The Buckeye State was one of five states that have increases in nonfarm payroll employment in September. California saw the largest increase in employment in September, (+52,200), followed by Washington (+13,800) and Indiana (+11,400).

North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in September, 2.4%, closely followed by Colorado and Hawaii, 2.5% each. Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.2%. In total, 15 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 4.2%, 13 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

ODJFS said in Ohio, employment in goods-producing industries, at 914,200, increased 3,100 over the month due to gains in manufacturing (+2,600) and construction (+500). Employment in mining and logging did not change from August. The private service-providing sector, at 3,866,500, added 7,400 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation and utilities (+6,200), educational and
health services (+4,600), and leisure and hospitality (+2,900) surpassed losses in financial activities (-2,400), other services (-2,200), information (-1,000) and professional and business services (-700). Government employment, at 776,300, did not change over the month as losses in local government (-7,200) offset gains in state (+6,900) and federal (+300) government.

From September 2016 to September 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 61,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 13,200. Construction added 9,100 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 3,800 in nondurable goods (+3,000) and durable goods (+800). Mining and logging added 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 51,500 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+24,800), leisure and hospitality (+19,300), financial activities (+6,300) and professional and business services (+4,800) exceeded losses in trade, transportation and utilities (-3,300) and information (-400). Employment in other services did not change over the year. Government employment decreased 3,100 as losses in local (-6,100) and federal (-100) government outweighed gains in state government (+3,100).

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