Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in December 2009 at 11.0% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Ohio 5.2% 0.0 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 645,746. There are now 343,798 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 290,460 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,488. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 301,948 +4,880 -26,122

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to May 2015

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 5.2% 301,948
April 2015 5.4% 5.2% 297,068
March 2015 5.5% 5.1% 294,452
February 2015 5.5% 5.1% 290,460
January 2015 5.7% 5.1% 292,505
December 2014 5.6% 5.1% 292,426
November 2014 5.8% 5.2% 295,714
October 2014 5.7% 5.2% 300,239
September 2014 5.9% 5.3% 305,313
August 2014 6.1% 5.4% 310,449
July 2014 6.2% 5.5% 315,659
June 2014 6.1% 5.6% 321,506