The Rundown

Ohio unemployment dips down to 8.9% in July

By: - August 25, 2020 6:48 am

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Ohio’s unemployment rate was 8.9% in July 2020, down from a revised 11.0% in June, according to a release last week from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 62,700 over the month, from a revised 5,038,400 in June to 5,101,100 in July 2020, the release said.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 503,000, down 133,000 from 636,000 in June, it said. The number of unemployed has increased by 262,000 in the past 12 months from 241,000 and the July unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.2% in July 2019, the release added.

It noted the U.S. unemployment rate for July was 10.2%, down from 11.1% in June, and up from 3.7% in July 2019.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 62,700 over the month, from a revised 5,038,400 in June to 5,101,100 in July, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

More information from the ODJFS July report:

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 875,900, decreased 2,000 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-3,700) and mining and logging (-300) exceeded gains in construction (+2,000). The private service-providing sector, at 3,500,200 increased 59,800. Gains in leisure and hospitality (+25,100), educational and health services (+15,700), professional and business services (+14,700), other services (+4,600), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+400) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,800). Government employment, at 725,000, increased 4,900 as gains in local (+4,500) and federal (+900) government outpaced losses in state government (-500).

From July 2019 to July 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 495,100. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 65,200. Manufacturing lost 48,200 jobs with losses in durable goods (-44,700) and nondurable goods (-3,500). Construction lost 14,700 jobs and mining and logging lost 2,300 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 365,300 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-146,900), professional and business services (-70,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-65,700), educational and health services (-50,300), financial activities (-15,600), other services (-12,200), and information (-4,500). Government employment decreased 64,600 as losses in local (-43,100) and state (-22,600) government outweighed gains in federal government (+1,100).

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