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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Ohio 5.1% +0.1 0.0
Canton 5.8% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Canton, Ohio, National

Canton, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Canton, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Canton peaked in February 2010 at 26,228. There are now 14,424 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,151 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,653. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 11,804 +301 +1,277

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 5.8% 11,804
February
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.7% 11,503
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.5% 11,051
December
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.5% 11,094
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.6% 11,171
October
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.5% 10,887
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 5.2% 10,425
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 5.1% 10,151
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 5.1% 10,182
June
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.2% 10,437
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.4% 10,790
April
2015
5.4% 5.0% 5.4% 10,812

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.