The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data today stating that nationally, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 during the month of January and the unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent from the revised numbers for December. BLS also noted that private sector employment rose in the areas of retail trade, construction, wholesale trade and health care. In addition, BLS released revised statistics in total nonfarm payroll employment for November (+161,000 to +247,000) and December (+155,000 to +196,000). Monthly revisions of employment data result from additional reports received from businesses and the monthly recalculation of seasonal factors since the last published estimates.

Ohio’s January 2013 unemployment rate and nonagricultural wage and salary data will be released by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) on Friday, February 15, 2013. This information and the monthly statistical summaries on which it is based are available here.