State unemployment up in July

Staff report


Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July 2017, up from 5 percent in June 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,536,500 in June to 5,538,100 in July 2017.

Local county unemployment figures will be released Tuesday.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 300,000, up 9,000 from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 2,700 with losses of 1,700 in construction and 1,100 in manufacturing, which exceeded gains of 100 in mining and logging.

The private sector added 200 jobs during the month, and there were also employment gains of 5,200 in leisure and hospitality, 1,200 in financial activities and 100 in information. Other services lost 2,600 jobs, professional and business services lost 2,400 and 1,300 were lost in educational and health services.

Employment in trade, transportation and utilities did not change over the month.

Government employment increased 4,100 with 3,900 in local government and 200 in federal government. State unemployment did not change over the month.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in June and down from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

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