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Akron, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Akron fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Akron peaked in March 2010 at 11.4% and is now 6.5 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 compare Akron unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Ohio 4.8% -0.3 -0.2
Akron 4.9% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Akron, Ohio, National

Akron, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Akron, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Akron peaked in March 2010 at 42,705. There are now 25,307 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,472 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 926. Akron employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Akron, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Akron 17,398 -512 -723

Number of Unemployed Persons

Akron, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.9% 17,398
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 5.0% 17,910
September
2017
4.2% 5.3% 5.1% 18,034
August
2017
4.4% 5.4% 5.3% 18,954
July
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.2% 18,636
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.1% 18,320
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.9% 17,512
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.8% 17,246
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 5.0% 18,074
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 5.3% 19,125
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 5.3% 18,808

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.