Department of Numbers

Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Ohio 5.0% 0.0 0.0
Canton 5.6% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 15,113 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 964. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 11,115 +330 +64

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 11,115
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 5.4% 10,785
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 5.4% 10,637
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 11,213
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.7% 11,413
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 10,460
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.0% 10,211
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.3% 10,693
May
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.6% 11,449
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 5.9% 12,001
March
2016
5.0% 5.0% 5.8% 11,794

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.