Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in December 2009 at 11.0% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Ohio 4.9% -0.1 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 645,746. There are now 359,517 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 266,024 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 20,205. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 286,229 -2,133 +4,600

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to May 2017

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 4.9% 286,229
April 2017 4.4% 5.0% 288,362
March 2017 4.5% 5.1% 293,270
February 2017 4.7% 5.1% 293,937
January 2017 4.8% 5.0% 286,933
December 2016 4.7% 5.0% 284,380
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 284,934
October 2016 4.8% 5.0% 284,596
September 2016 4.9% 5.0% 283,617
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 282,045
July 2016 4.9% 4.9% 281,015
June 2016 4.9% 4.9% 280,888