Ohio employment shows year-over-year growth, but total unemployment still high

Written on Jul 28, 2017

The Buckeye State’s jobless rate fell slightly to 5% in June after falling to 4.9% in May, ranking Ohio among the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Total employment in the state was up 1% since June 2016.

Non-agricultural wages and salary employment in Ohio increased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,517,300 in May to 5,528,800 in June, BLS reported.

The number of Ohio workers unemployed last month was 291,000, up 5,000 from 286,000 in May. The number of unemployed has increased by 10,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000, as the June unemployment rate was up .1% year-over-year.

The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 4.4%, 0.1 percentage points higher than in May and 0.5 percentage points lower than in June 2016.

According to BLS, jobless rates were lower last month in 10 states, higher in two states and stable in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates at 2.3% each, while Alaska had the highest unemployment rate at 6.8%.

From June 2016 to June 2017, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 56,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 8,800. Construction added 6,400 jobs. Manufacturing added 2,400 jobs as gains in nondurable goods (+2,600) surpassed losses in durable goods (-200). Mining and logging employment did not change over the year. The private service-providing sector added 45,900 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+21,700), professional and business services (+9,400), financial activities (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+5,400), other services (+1,200) and information (+800) exceeded losses in trade, transportation and utilities (-600). Public employment increased 2,100 as gains in state (+1,900) and federal (+300) government outweighed losses in local government (-100).

Policy Matters Ohio called the 11,500 new positions in June a “solid job gain” and the state’s strongest since last July.

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