Ohio Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 300,193 employers, up 1.1% from 296,955
  • 5,345,882 employees, up 0.9% from 5,299,133
  • $1,035 average weekly wage, up 3.0% from $1,005
  • The average weekly wage is 12.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 7.2% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 3,238, which is an increase of 1.1%. The number of employees in Ohio increased by 46,749, an increase of 0.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $30, an increase of 3.0%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 3,155 or 1.1%. Growth in private businesses in Ohio grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 37,350 or 0.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Ohio was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $31 or 3.1%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Ohio grew faster than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Retail trade with 11.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 0.2%. Professional services (11.2%), which increased by 2.2% and Healthcare (10.6%), which increased by 2.5%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information2786.1%
Agriculture and forestry533.3%
Transport and warehousing2603.0%
Utilities172.9%
Healthcare7802.5%
Professional services7132.2%
Real estate and rental2332.1%
Company management401.8%
Accommodation and food services3001.2%
Finance and insurance1350.8%
Waste services1220.7%
Construction1400.6%
Arts and entertainment240.6%
Retail trade560.2%
Manufacturing240.2%
Educational services10.0%
Other services40.0%
Wholesale trade-77-0.3%
Mining and oil extraction-5-0.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 15.2% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.1% in the last year. Manufacturing (13.1%), increased by 1.3% and Retail trade (10.3%), decreased by 1.8%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing9,3564.8%
Construction9,1144.7%
Arts and entertainment2,7924.3%
Agriculture and forestry4693.3%
Real estate and rental2,0303.3%
Professional services5,9732.3%
Wholesale trade4,8602.1%
Manufacturing8,6701.3%
Healthcare8,4571.1%
Finance and insurance2,0190.9%
Company management1,1130.8%
Accommodation and food services3,6460.8%
Other services4810.3%
Mining and oil extraction-10.0%
Utilities-338-1.8%
Retail trade-10,096-1.8%
Waste services-5,695-1.8%
Information-1,369-1.9%
Educational services-4,365-4.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,747per week compared with the state average of $1,032. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $146 or 5.6%. Utilities ($2,369), rose by $32 or 1.4% and Finance and insurance ($1,919) increased by $39 or 2.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Agriculture and forestry$406.2%
Company management$1465.6%
Educational services$365.3%
Mining and oil extraction$705.0%
Arts and entertainment$324.9%
Real estate and rental$454.6%
Information$614.3%
Accommodation and food services$123.8%
Waste services$263.8%
Healthcare$313.5%
Professional services$483.4%
Other services$223.4%
Retail trade$152.8%
Finance and insurance$392.1%
Transport and warehousing$202.0%
Utilities$321.4%
Wholesale trade$191.3%
Manufacturing$151.2%
Construction$90.8%


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 19,383 employing 403,344 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 279 more businesses, an increase of 1.5% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of businesses) added 327 businesses, an increase of 3.8% and Offices of physicians (2.3% of businesses) added 111 businesses, an increase of 1.6% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts2882.4%
Emergency and other relief services2773.0%
Other sound recording industries150.0%
Other consumer goods rental22946.2%
Cement manufacturing444.4%
Food crops grown under cover743.8%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation land337.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services3273.8%
Restaurants and other eating places2791.5%
Services for the elderly and disabled23113.3%
Other consumer goods rental22946.2%
Management consulting services2034.2%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1917.8%
Software publishers14516.0%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of employees) added 327 employees, an increase of 3.8% and Offices of physicians (2.3% ofemployees) added 111 employees, an increase of 1.6% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Poultry product merchant wholesalers623204.6%
Hay farming1885.7%
Securities and commodity exchanges471.8%
Nonwoven fabric mills17451.4%
Food crops grown under cover16049.5%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation land3347.8%
Rail transportation443.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General warehousing and storage3,5166.9%
General medical and surgical hospitals2,8971.2%
Restaurants and other eating places2,7360.7%
Computer systems design and related services2,2203.6%
Couriers and express delivery services2,1499.4%
Offices of physicians2,0702.2%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,7794.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($3) and Offices of physicians ($2) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $327 more per week, an increase of 3.8% and Offices of physicians ($2 per week) were paid $111 more per week, an increase of 1.6% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers$1,559144.0%
Other depository credit intermediation$1,738117.3%
Cable and other subscription programming$57594.3%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$75691.5%
Educational support services$37471.6%
Other gambling industries$27444.8%
Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing$1,00143.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other depository credit intermediation$1,738117.3%
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers$1,559144.0%
Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing$1,00143.1%
Nonscheduled air transportation$99433.3%
Spectator sports$88526.3%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$75691.5%
Cable and other subscription programming$57594.3%


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 92.9%. (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%.



Data Sources




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.