The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data today stating that nationally, non-farm payroll employment rose by 115,000 during the month of April, and the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 8.2 percent last month to 8.1 percent. It has fallen a full percentage point since August of 2011 to a three-year low. BLS noted that private sector employment rose in the areas of professional and business services, retail trade and health care, but declined in the transportation and warehousing sectors.

April 2012 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) on Friday, May 18, 2012. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on is available here.