Economic Development

Ohio Unemployment Falls to 4.4%

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio unemployment rate last month was 4.4%, down from February’s 4.5% and March 2017’s 5.1%, according to figures from the state’s Department of Job and Family Services released this morning.

The national unemployment rate is 4.1%.

The number of unemployed workers in the state fell to 253,000 in March, 9,000 fewer than a month prior and 40,000 fewer than March 2017.

Nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased to 5,579,200 in March, up from February’s 5,568,400.

Employment in goods-producing industries was reported at 928,700 with gains in manufacturing (1,500), construction (1,200), and mining and logging (200). The private service sector added 5,700 jobs last month to reach 3,862,500.

From March 2017 to March 2018, nonagricultural employment grew 54,400 behind gains from goods-producing industries, which added 18,200 jobs; manufacturing, 11,600; and construction, 5,700. In that same period, the private service-providing sector added 32,600 jobs, including 10,900 in trade, transportation and utilities, and 9,500 in health-care.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.