- Kaitlin Schroeder Staff Writer
Ohio’s unemployment rate continued to improve in November, though a separate survey showed the number of jobs in the state also declined last month.
The unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in November, down from 5.1 percent in October, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday morning.
The unemployment rate for Ohio was 5 percent the same time last year.
The number of employed people, however, also decreased. Ohio’s number of non-agricultural jobs decreased 5,600 over the month, from 5,545,400 in October to 5,539,800 in November.
The number of jobs comes from a survey of businesses and is different from the unemployment survey, which comes for a household survey. Additionally, not all people without jobs are considered unemployed by the survey standard.
The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in November was 279,000, down 17,000 from 296,000 in October.
The number of unemployed has decreased by 6,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000.
The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 4.1 percent, unchanged from October, and down from 4.6 percent in November 2016.
Since last month, goods producing industries gained 2,300 jobs, since there were 2,700 jobs gained in manufacturing and 100 jobs added in mining and logging even though there were 500 jobs lost in construction.
Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities decreased by 5,200 since last month, professional and business services decreased by 2,700 jobs, educational and health services decreased by 1,900 jobs, and information decreased by 100 jobs.
Financial jobs increased by 3,500 and other services increased by 800.
Leisure and hospitality had no change over the month.
Government employment dropped by 2,300 over November with 1,400 local government jobs lost, 600 state jobs lost, and300 federal jobs lost.
Since the same time last year, there have been 38,600 non-agricultural jobs added in Ohio.
Health and educational services had some of the the biggest gains with 14,500 jobs added since the same time last year.
Goods producing industries also gained with 13,600 jobs.
Government employment took a dive since last November. There were 9,700 government jobs lost in the state since the same time last year, including 7,700 state government jobs, 1,900 local jobs and 100 federal government jobs.