Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Ohio 5.2% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 343,587 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 262,836 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 39,323. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 302,159 +8,163 +14,857

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 5.2% 302,159
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
November 2015 5.0% 4.7% 268,724
October 2015 5.0% 4.7% 265,213
September 2015 5.1% 4.6% 262,836
August 2015 5.1% 4.6% 263,160
July 2015 5.3% 4.7% 267,248
June 2015 5.3% 4.8% 274,137
May 2015 5.5% 4.9% 281,559