Ohio’s unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent


COLUMBUS – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in August 2020, down from a revised 9.0 percent in July.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 45,500 over the month, from a revised 5,101,700 in July to 5,147,200 in August.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 510,000, unchanged from July. The number of unemployed has increased by 269,000 in the past 12 months from 241,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.2 percent in August 2019.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 8.4 percent, down from 10.2 percent in July and up from 3.7 percent in August 2019.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 45,500 over the month, from a revised 5,101,700 in July to 5,147,200 in August, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in cooperation with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 883,700, increased 4,200 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+4,500) exceeded losses in construction (-300). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,531,200 increased 33,500.

Gains in educational and health services (+12,300), professional and business services (+7,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,800), leisure and hospitality (+4,500), other services (+2,300), and information (+200) outpaced losses in financial activities (-100).

Government employment, at 732,300, increased 7,800 as gains in federal (+8,200) and local (+900) government outweighed losses in state government (-1,300).

From August 2019 to August 2020, non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 448,700. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 55,700.

Manufacturing lost 41,100 jobs with losses in durable goods (-40,000) and nondurable goods (-1,100). Construction decreased 12,600 jobs and mining and logging lost 2,000 jobs.

Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 333,800 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-142,700), professional and business services (-63,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (-58,500), educational and health services (-39,700), financial activities (-15,700), other services (-10,200), and information (-3,800).

Government employment decreased 59,200 as losses in local (-42,800) and state (-24,400) government surpassed gains in federal government (+8,000).