Ohio Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.4% in September, unchanged from August, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported.
The state’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 8,400 over the month, from 5,639,700 in August to 5,648,100 in September. This marks the highest payroll employment reported since the series started in 1990.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 199,000, up from 196,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 37,000 in the past 12 months from 236,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio decreased 0.7% from 4.1% in September 2022.
The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 3.8%, unchanged from August and up from 3.5% in September 2022.
In September, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 62.1%, unchanged from the prior month and up from 61.3% in September 2022. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 62.8%, unchanged from the previous month and up from 62.3% in September 2022.
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 8,400 over the month, from 5,639,700 in August to 5,648,100 in September, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in cooperation with the ODJFS.
Employment in goods-producing industries, at 946,100, increased 3,700 with gains in manufacturing; construction; and mining and logging. The private service-providing sector, at 3,926,600, increased 7,300 as gains in trade, transportation and utilities; private educational and health services; financial activities; leisure and hospitality; and information exceeded losses in professional and business services and other services. Government employment, at 775,400, decreased 2,600 with losses in local and state government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.
From September 2022 to September 2023, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 92,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 17,000. Manufacturing increased 3,500 as gains in durable goods outpaced losses in nondurable goods. Construction added 12,700 jobs, and mining and logging gained 800 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 67,800 as gains in private educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and other services surpassed losses in professional and business services; information; financial activities; and trade, transportation and utilities. Government employment increased 7,700 with gains in federal, local and state government.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.