Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation

Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in May, unchanged from April, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,000 over the month, from the revised 5,092,200 in April to 5,104,200 in May.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 508,000, down from 509,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 95,000 in the past 12 months from 603,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.2 percent in May 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 9.1 percent, up from 9.0 percent in April.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment increased 12,000 over the month, from 5,092,200 in April to 5,104,200 in May, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Service-providing industries increased 11,100 over the month to 4,294,800. The most significant gain occurred in educational and health services (+10,600). Other industries gaining jobs included professional and business services (+3,100), leisure and hospitality (+1,000), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+200). Government (-1,800), other services (-1,400), financial activities (-400), and information (-200) experienced over-the-month losses. Goods-producing industries, at 809,400, were up 900 from April. Manufacturing added 3,400 jobs, construction lost 2,500, and mining and logging remained at the April level.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 65,900. Service-providing industries added 55,600 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+31,000) and professional and business services (+21,700). Leisure and hospitality (+13,200), other services (+4,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,100), and financial activities (+1,700) also experienced growth. Government experienced the most significant loss (-19,900), while information (-800) also declined over the period. Goods-producing industries increased 10,300 over the year. Manufacturing added 7,600 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+11,600) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-4,000). Construction (+2,200) and mining and logging (+500) also increased from May 2010.