Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Ohio 4.9% +0.1 +0.2

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 645,746. There are now 365,883 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 262,836 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17,027. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 279,863 +4,737 +14,650

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to October 2016

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.9% 279,863
September 2016 5.0% 4.8% 275,126
August 2016 4.9% 4.7% 271,493
July 2016 4.9% 4.8% 278,237
June 2016 4.9% 5.0% 291,116
May 2016 4.7% 5.1% 299,814
April 2016 5.0% 5.2% 302,032
March 2016 5.0% 5.1% 293,996
February 2016 4.9% 5.0% 285,125
January 2016 4.9% 4.9% 279,272
December 2015 5.0% 4.8% 273,389