Ohio Labor Market Information

Current Employment Statistics (CES)

Current Employment Statistics (CES) are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This information includes current and historical data on employment by industry, hours, and earnings for Ohio and 12 metropolitan areas.


Labor Market Review

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Bureau of Labor Market Information produces this report monthly. It includes current and historical data on employment by industry, hours, and earnings. It also includes civilian labor force estimates of employment and unemployment, selected unemployment compensation data, job openings and labor turnover ratios, and other information.

Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Estimates

Includes seasonally adjusted employment, by industry, for the most recent month, the previous month and the previous year.

Tools & Resources

Current Employment Statistics

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

Industry Employment

Current Employment Statistics' industry trends beginning in 2020.


Details & Definitions

Data may be used:

  • To track growth and contraction in industry, for economic planning, development of econometric models, trend analysis and forecasting.
  • To compare employment trends and earnings among states and metropolitan areas.

Current Employment Statistics (CES) is a federal-state program that collects detailed data on employment, hours and earnings in goods-producing and service-providing industries through a monthly survey of more than 23,000 Ohio employers. Estimates of nonagricultural employment, hours and earnings for Ohio and twelve metropolitan statistical areas are produced monthly. Civilian labor force estimates are developed by the federal-state Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Unemployment compensation data are compiled from administrative reports. Additional information may be found in the technical notes included in the monthly Ohio Labor Market Review.

Note: Effective with the publication of January 2015 preliminary estimates on March 6, 2015, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program implemented new delineations for metropolitan areas. All series have been reconstructed back to 1990. Data prior to 1990 may not be comparable.

CES revises published estimates to improve its data series by incorporating additional information that was not available at the time of the initial publication. CES seasonally adjusts its initial monthly estimates once, in the immediately succeeding month, to incorporate additional sample receipts from respondents in the survey.

On an annual basis, CES incorporates a benchmark revision that re-anchors estimates to nearly complete employment counts available from Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data, County Business Pattern data, and other state-collected data. The benchmark helps to control for sampling error in the estimates.

Employment, hours and earnings data are published for all sizeable manufacturing and non-manufacturing categories for which adequate samples are surveyed and for which disclosure rules permit publication.

Frequency: Monthly; available by end of the month following the reference month.

Within the monthly Labor Market Review, eleven years of annual historical and thirteen months of current data are published for employment and the civilian labor force series. Current, previous month, and year-ago month data are available

The Labor Market Review is produced for Ohio and 12 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Two West Virginia MSAs include Ohio counties: Huntington-Ashland MSA and Wheeling MSA.

Developed by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Metropolitan Statistical Areas are integrated geographic regions comprised of at least one city and adjacent communities. Metropolitan Statistical Areas make it possible for Federal statistical agencies to utilize the same boundaries when publishing statistical data.

Industry survey participation is voluntary; data for some industries may not be available due to insufficient sample size. Adequate and reliable hours and earnings estimates are not available for most non-manufacturing industries.