September Jobs Numbers Show 21,600 Jobs Lost

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.