Manufacturing Employment Trends

Ohio Metro Areas

August 2020 Update


After strong gains in May and June, the manufacturing sector in Ohio’s metropolitan areas shed 7,500 jobs in July.

Using Localintel's free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state's metro areas. At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on August 21, 2020.

Observation 1

Canton-Massillon was the only metro area in Ohio that recorded an increase in manufacturing jobs last month (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs

Observation 2

These 5 Ohio metro areas recorded manufacturing job losses in July 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman,   OH-PA-2.5%-600
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH-1.9%-100

Observation 3

The 5 Ohio metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) shed a combined total of 400 manufacturing jobs in July.

Nametotal jobschange in jobs
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN112,800-1,300

Observation 4

In July 2020, there were 36,300 fewer manufacturing jobs in Ohio metros than in July 2019.

NameLQchange in jobs
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH1.6-100

Observation 5

Last month's surge in manufacturing jobs was a big step forward but there remain 30,300 fewer manufacturing jobs in Ohio metros than there were in June 2019.

Observation 6

Here’s how Ohio’s recovery compares with the country’s other leading manufacturing states (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
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Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at   

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