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Ohio added 9,900 jobs in September

The state's unemployment rate is stuck at 5.4 percent.
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COLUMBUS — Seasonally adjusted data released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show that Ohio employers added 9,900 jobs in September, from an upwardly revised 5,346,000 in August to 5,355,900.

These figures from the non-profit Policy Matters Ohio are from a survey of employers and preliminary numbers are subject to revision.

In early September, many Ohioans who had been receiving federal pandemic unemployment benefits were dropped from the unemployment count as those benefits expired.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would delay or block federal benefits to Ohioans who lose their jobs in future crises by stripping the governor’s authority to accept them.

Ohio makes it harder than in all but four states to qualify, but a federal measure could change that if included in the reconciliation package. Today in Ohio, a minimum wage worker who works up to 31 hours per week would never qualify for benefits.

In 2021, Ohio employers have added 78,100 jobs so far.

Ohio is recovering jobs about a third as quickly as the nation, with a monthly growth rate averaged over the last six months of 0.14 percent, compared with 0.40 percent for the U.S.

Ohio remains 254,000 jobs below the pre-COVID-19 number in February 2020.  

The public sector added 5,800 jobs last month, leading all other sectors, with most of those jobs (5,100) in state government.

In the private sector, growth in a few industries offset losses in most.

Construction companies added 3,500 jobs, while all other goods producers had losses, leaving goods producers up just 500 jobs.

Service providers added 3,600 jobs, with industries evenly split between gains and losses.

Retail employers added 5,700 jobs; accommodation and food services providers added 2,400.

Arts and entertainment had the largest losses (-3,400), followed by administrative support (-2,900). 

According to ta separate household survey, 23,000 Ohioans entered the workforce last month — either finding jobs or beginning to search for them — and 25,000 job seekers found work.

Ohio’s unemployment rate has remained unchanged since July at 5.4 percent. The nation’s was 4.8 percent for September.

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