Ohio gained 5,200 jobs in August; unemployment rate 5.4%

Written on Sep 19, 2017

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.4% in August, with the state gaining 5,200 jobs, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported last week.

The unemployment rate was 5.2% in July. In August 2016, it was 4.9%.

Sectors gaining jobs included leisure and hospitality, which increased 6,600 jobs; employment was up by 3,800 in educational and health services and other service jobs increased by 3,200. Construction, gained 1,900 jobs and manufacturing employment was up by 1,600.

Sectors losing jobs included government, which decreased by 5,900. State employment was down by 3,600, local government was down 1,900 jobs and federal government jobs decreased by 400. Employment in trade, transportation and utilities fell by 4,500 and professional and business services lost 1,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate is based on a national household survey that includes Ohio residents. Whether the state gained or lost jobs is based on a separate survey of employers in Ohio. This is why Ohio's unemployment rate can go up while the number of jobs in the state increases.

The number of unemployed workers increased by 11,000 to 311,000 in August. Since August 2016, the number of unemployed has increased by 29,000. In order to be counted as unemployed, a person must be both jobless and actively seeking work.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4%, Labor Department reported Sept. 1. The nation gained 156,000 jobs.

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