Area Unemployment Drops, Still Tops Ohio

Ohio Unemployment Declines to 4.3% in April

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate in April was 4.3%, down a tenth of a percentage point from March’s 4.4% rate, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. April’s rate was down from 5.1% in April 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 249,000, down 4,000 from 253,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 43,000 in the past 12 months from 292,000.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 3.9%, down from 4.1% in March, and down from 4.4% in April 2017.

Nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,000 over the month, from a revised 5,577,700 in March to 5,576,700 in April, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 926,300, decreased 1,700 over the month as losses in the manufacturing and mining and logging sectors outpaced gains in construction. Private service-providing sector added 2,100 jobs, with gains in trade, transportation, and utilities, professional and business services, other services and information surpassing losses in leisure and hospitality, financial activities, and educational and health services. Government employment, at 785,800, decreased 1,400.
 
From April 2017 to last month, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 56,900. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 15,100, with manufacturing adding 10,500 jobs in durable goods and nondurable goods. Construction added 3,600 jobs and mining and logging added 1,000 jobs. 

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