Ohio Labor Market Information

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Local Area Unemployment Statistics provide estimated labor force, employment, unemployment and unemployment rates for the United States, Ohio, metropolitan areas, former economic development regions, counties and selected cities.


Ohio Unemployment Rate Press Release 

Contains the most recent available month's labor force data for Ohio, each county, and some major cities. Estimated labor force, employment, unemployment and unemployment rates are provided. Press releases are issued monthly.

Ohio Unemployment Rate Map

*Rate maps for prior months and years are included as originally published and have not been revised. 

Ohio Unemployment Rankings by County

Unemployment Rates by county from highest to lowest.

Civilian Labor Force Estimates (pdf.)

County Labor Force Statistics

Estimated employment status of the civilian population in Ohio by state, county, and city. 

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation

A monthly press release on the Ohio and U.S. employment situation. 

Ohio Labor Surplus Areas

Labor Surplus Areas are designated by the United States Department of Labor for states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Employers in these areas may be given preference in bidding on federal procurement contracts.

Women in the Labor Force

The Ohio Bureau of Labor Market Information gathered interesting information about Ohio's women in the labor force by occupation and industry over the last two decades. More women are working in professional and management positions, and fewer in office and administrative support. Women continue working in education and health industries.


Tools & Resources

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

View and download current and historical data for Ohio and twelve metropolitan areas. 

Unemployment Rate Map

This United States map shows each state’s annual unemployment rate, changes by year, and various unemployment populations.

Labor Force Statistics

Ohio's Workforce Data trends beginning in 2020. The graphic includes Civilian Labor Force Estimates, employed workers, unemployed, and the unemployment rate. 

Details & Definitions

General indicator of economic conditions, economic research, plant location and fund allocation.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) is a federal-state program that gathers data on labor force, employment and unemployment at the state and sub-state levels. Unemployment Rate Methodology offers non-technical explanations of procedures used to develop local area employment and unemployment statistics at the national, state and local levels.

The demographic data found on the National Unemployment Rate Map dashboard are only available annually from the Current Population Survey (CPS). Although both the CPS and LAUS programs use the same underlying concepts and definitions, CPS estimates differ from annual employment and unemployment estimates produced by the LAUS program. 

Each month’s civilian labor force estimates are revised the following month and at the end of each year. Revisions at the end of the year are called “annual processing.” Typically, adjustments are made to the previous two years. Adjustments are necessary because more information becomes available throughout the year on nonfarm jobs and unemployment claims, which can affect the unemployment rate. 

Also, during annual processing, new population controls are incorporated into the estimates. Population controls refer to population data such as vital statistics on births, deaths, migration, school enrollment, those living in group quarters and those living in institutions. The U.S. Census Bureau updates population controls annually and provides them to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Usually, the revised population controls proportionately raise or lower the size of the labor force estimates. Unemployment rates, labor force participation rates and employment/population ratios are typically unaffected.

Total labor force, employment, unemployment and unemployment rates.

Monthly estimates are generally available near the end of the month following month of reference. Annual Averages are published mid-year following the benchmark period. 

Civilian Labor Force Estimates are prepared for the United States, Ohio, Ohio counties and cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Labor force data for major metropolitan areas are also available in the Labor Market Review.

National estimates are based on a monthly survey of approximately 60,000 households. State estimates are time-series model estimates. County estimates are based on a building block method with estimates adjusted to add to state totals. Seasonally adjusted data are available only for the state and the nation.