Ohio Jobs Recovery from Pandemic Remains Slow

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The release Friday of the most recent statewide employment report shows a still-slow recovery from the job losses sustained because of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.

Ohio gained 30,800 non-farm jobs in October, brining the number of those employed to 5.2 million for the month.

The 30,800 jobs gained last month compared with increases of 44,800 in September, 45,000 in August, 63,300 in July, 213,200 in Jun and 121,200 in May, reported David Knox, an independent data journalist working with the Your Voice Ohio media collaborative.

“Ohio lost nearly 900,000 jobs in February and March when the pandemic hit. That means the state still needs 376,800 jobs to get back the February pre-pandemic total of 5.6 million non-farm jobs,” Knox said.

Employment has hovered around the 5.5 million mark since fall 2015, after recovering from around 5 million in mid-2009, during the Great Recession, according to Knox’s data, compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and current employment data.

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