Ohio Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 300,707 employers, up 1.5% from 296,131
  • 5,463,749 employees, up 0.6% from 5,428,538
  • $965 average weekly wage, up 3.4% from $933
  • The average weekly wage is 11.9% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.2% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 4,576, which is an increase of 1.5%. The number of employees in Ohio increased by 35,211, an increase of 0.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $32, an increase of 3.4%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 4,488 or 1.6%. Growth in private businesses in Ohio grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 25,927 or 0.6%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Ohio was slower than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $33 or 3.6%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Ohio grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Retail trade with 11.7% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 0.1%. Professional services (11.2%), which increased by 2.7% and Healthcare (10.7%), which increased by 3.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information2635.7%
Utilities264.4%
Transport and warehousing3083.6%
Healthcare1,0583.4%
Agriculture and forestry442.7%
Professional services8852.7%
Real estate and rental2862.5%
Accommodation and food services5242.2%
Company management421.9%
Construction3151.4%
Educational services401.2%
Arts and entertainment431.1%
Waste services1600.9%
Finance and insurance1540.9%
Mining and oil extraction70.8%
Manufacturing820.5%
Other services930.4%
Wholesale trade550.2%
Retail trade240.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 15.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.3% in the last year. Manufacturing (12.9%), increased by 0.6% and Retail trade (10.1%), decreased by 1.9%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing6,6893.4%
Construction6,1882.8%
Professional services6,8542.6%
Real estate and rental1,6022.5%
Wholesale trade3,0241.3%
Healthcare10,4711.3%
Company management1,7381.2%
Arts and entertainment6070.9%
Agriculture and forestry1180.7%
Manufacturing4,0540.6%
Accommodation and food services2,7160.6%
Waste services8510.3%
Other services-670.0%
Mining and oil extraction-25-0.2%
Finance and insurance-2,315-1.0%
Retail trade-10,824-1.9%
Utilities-465-2.4%
Information-1,864-2.6%
Educational services-3,528-3.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,032per week compared with the state average of $952. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $141 or 7.5%. Utilities ($1,837), rose by $86 or 4.9% and Professional services ($1,434) increased by $46 or 3.3% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Company management$1417.5%
Educational services$395.6%
Agriculture and forestry$355.5%
Utilities$864.9%
Accommodation and food services$144.4%
Retail trade$234.2%
Manufacturing$403.6%
Waste services$243.6%
Transport and warehousing$333.5%
Professional services$463.3%
Healthcare$283.1%
Finance and insurance$392.8%
Wholesale trade$372.8%
Other services$182.8%
Real estate and rental$242.7%
Mining and oil extraction$271.9%
Construction$90.8%
Information$40.3%
Arts and entertainment$-8-1.3%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Ohio. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.5% of the businesses in the state (with 19,487 employing 420,316 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 464 more businesses, an increase of 2.4% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of businesses) added 340 businesses, an increase of 4.0% and Offices of physicians (2.3% of businesses) added 146 businesses, an increase of 2.1% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts2982.9%
Emergency and other relief services2875.7%
Other consumer goods rental22746.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals9945.4%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing342.9%
Materials recovery facilities1339.4%
Cement manufacturing436.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places4642.4%
Computer systems design and related services3404.0%
Management consulting services2515.2%
Services for the elderly and disabled24113.6%
Other consumer goods rental22746.4%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1887.7%
Software publishers15416.5%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of employees) added 340 employees, an increase of 4.0% and Offices of physicians (2.3% ofemployees) added 146 employees, an increase of 2.1% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Poultry product merchant wholesalers656216.6%
Hay farming2193.5%
Food crops grown under cover21759.5%
Jewelry and silverware manufacturing11546.2%
Nonwoven fabric mills15143.4%
Other support activities for road transport.35642.1%
Business service centers96538.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General medical and surgical hospitals5,6622.3%
General warehousing and storage2,4484.8%
Computer systems design and related services2,4143.9%
Restaurants and other eating places2,2220.5%
Offices of physicians2,0122.2%
Telephone call centers1,89310.8%
Management of companies and enterprises1,7381.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Other financial vehicles, paying $6,598 compared with the state average of $952. Employees in the Other financial vehicles industry were paid $4,314 more per week, an increase of 188.9% in the last year. Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,540) and Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing ($3,346) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,540 per week) were paid $181 less per week, a decline of 4.9% and Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing ($3,346 per week) were paid $1,507 more per week, an increase of 81.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other financial vehicles$4,314188.9%
Other depository credit intermediation$1,621149.7%
Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing$1,50781.9%
Educational support services$31162.1%
Zoos and botanical gardens$24154.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$44548.8%
Cable and other subscription programming$30547.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other financial vehicles$4,314188.9%
Other depository credit intermediation$1,621149.7%
Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing$1,50781.9%
Paint and wallpaper stores$53732.1%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$44548.8%
Commodity contracts brokerage$44427.5%
Textile and fabric finishing mills$39131.1%


Company Size

Ohio Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Ohio. 53.7% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 268,747 small businesses in the state represent 94.0% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Ohio added 3,155 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 3,112 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 51 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.3% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses declined 8 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 1.2% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Ohio Employees by Business Size

Ohio added 112,049 employees in the last year, an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 83,644 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 45.2% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 21,357 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 7,048 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 0.9% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Ohio Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Ohio workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Ohio (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 0.5% less than the national average ($1,000 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Ohio (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 24.1% workers below the national average ($1,541 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $85 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $90 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.0% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $96 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 3.3% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places19,4872.4%
Computer systems design and related services8,9384.0%
Offices of physicians6,9572.1%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers5,259-6.4%
Insurance agencies and brokerages5,251-0.1%
Management consulting services5,1135.2%
Residential building construction4,6861.8%
Offices of lawyers4,661-0.3%
Landscaping services4,1981.1%
Accounting and bookkeeping services4,0941.5%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places420,3160.5%
General medical and surgical hospitals248,6662.3%
Management of companies and enterprises142,1361.2%
Temporary help services115,733-2.7%
Offices of physicians95,2062.2%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing93,103-0.7%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores82,939-3.0%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters75,505-1.3%
Computer systems design and related services64,7543.9%
Home health care services63,120-1.7%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Other financial vehicles$6,598188.9%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,540-4.9%
Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing$3,34681.9%
Spectator sports$2,752-4.8%
Other depository credit intermediation$2,704149.7%
Petroleum refineries$2,69315.1%
Securities brokerage$2,523-9.2%
Nonscheduled air transportation$2,3816.2%
Electric power generation$2,37816.9%
Portfolio management$2,3754.6%




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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.