Ohio Unemployment Stays Steady at 5% for April

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state‘s unemployment rate was 5.2% in April, up from 5.1% in March, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning.

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, according to the report.

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%, the agency said.

The national unemployment rate was also 5% in  April, unchanged from March and down from 5.4% in April 2015.

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, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. 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). T

he 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.

Nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 71,900 over the 12-month, April 2015 to April 2016, period. 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).

SOURCE: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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