According to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio’s nonfarm employment decreased by 21,600 over the month. After several months of small increases, this is a significant drop and is the largest drop in total nonfarm employment since the passage of Governor Kasich’s “Jobs Budget.” While total employment declined, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1%.
The sectors experiencing the largest decline in jobs were goods producing industries, driven by manufacturing, with a loss of 4700 jobs. Service producing industries also saw a significant decrease with a loss of 17,000 over the month. This loss of 17,000 jobs includes education and health services and government sectors.