Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in July 2009 at 10.6% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Ohio 4.8% -0.2 -2.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in July 2009 at 627,492. There are now 349,374 fewer people unemployed in the state. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 278,118 -8,864 -132,544

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to December 2014

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 4.8% 278,118
November 2014 5.8% 5.0% 286,982
October 2014 5.7% 5.3% 305,157
September 2014 5.9% 5.6% 318,572
August 2014 6.1% 5.7% 323,997
July 2014 6.2% 5.7% 322,998
June 2014 6.1% 5.5% 315,870
May 2014 6.3% 5.5% 317,192
April 2014 6.2% 5.7% 327,858
March 2014 6.6% 6.1% 353,802
February 2014 6.7% 6.5% 376,686