ASHLAND -- Ohio's unemployment rate was 13.7 percent in May 2020, down from a revised 17.6 percent in April.
Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 127,100 over the month, from a revised 4,704,000 in April to 4,831,100 in May 2020.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 788,000, down 211,000 from 999,000 in April as the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting government shut-down took effect.
The number of unemployed has increased by 551,000 in the past 12 months from 237,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1 percent in May 2019.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 13.3 percent, down from 14.7 percent in April, but up from 3.6 percent in May 2019.
Employment in goods-producing industries, at 840,000, increased 38,400 over the month with gains in construction (+19,200), manufacturing (+19,000), and mining and logging (+200).
The private service-providing sector, at 3,274,500 increased 112,000 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+36,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+31,400), educational and health services (+17,000), other services (+13,900), professional and business services (+11,900), and financial activities (+2,000) surpassed losses in information (-800).
Government employment, at 716,600, decreased 23,300 with losses in local (-21,300) and state (-2,000) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.