Ohio unemployment rate unchanged for August

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from the previous month, according to state statistics released Friday.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said last month's 5.7 percent unemployment rate was identical to July's, with overall non-agricultural employment increasing by just 200 during that time.

That figure was up from the Ohio's seasonally adjusted rate for May and June, which was 5.5 percent.

The Ohio unemployment rate was still better than the national rate for August, which as 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

Ohio's non-agricultural employment number rose from a revised 5,292,700 in July to 5,292,900 in August.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 324,000, up 1,000 from 323,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 109,000 in the last 12 months. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent a year ago.

Losses were seen last month in goods-producing industries. The 3,500 construction jobs lost eclipsed the gains of 1,100 in manufacturing. Employment numbers in mining and logging did not change during the month.

Employment in the private service sector decreased by 5,600 in August.

Gains were seen in educational and health services, and professional and business services. Government employment, at 760,800, added 8,200 jobs as employment gains in local and federal government outweighed a decline in state government jobs.