Ohio Unemployment Declines to 4.5% in September

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.5% in September, down from a revised 4.6% rate in August, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning.

The September unemployment rate also was down from 5.3% a year ago,.

Ohio 4.5% rate in September compares to the national unemployment rate of 5.1%, unchanged from the August national rate and down form 5.9% in September 2014.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio was 254,000, down 11,000 from 265,000 in August. Nonfarm and salary employment in the state decreased by 8,600, from a revised 5,409,500 in August to 5,400,900 in September.

Goods-producing industries, including manufacturing, construction and mining and logging, shed 4,800 jobs over the month.

The private service-providing sector added 10,200, jobs with gains in leisure and hospitality, educational and health services and financial activities overcoming losses in trade, transportation and utilities, and professional and business services.

Government employment shed 14,000 positions over the month, with local and federal losses exceeding gains at the state level.

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