Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Ohio 5.1% -0.2 +0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 349,797 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 266,024 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29,925. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 295,949 -9,264 +11,353

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 5.1% 295,949
September 2017 4.2% 5.3% 305,213
August 2017 4.4% 5.4% 310,559
July 2017 4.3% 5.2% 300,108
June 2017 4.4% 5.0% 291,415
May 2017 4.3% 4.9% 286,147
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