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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.6%. 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 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 October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Ohio 4.9% +0.1 +0.2
Canton 5.6% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 15,032 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 1,045. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 11,196 -217 +309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.6% 11,196
September
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.7% 11,413
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.2% 10,460
July
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.0% 10,211
June
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 10,693
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.6% 11,449
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 5.9% 12,001
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 5.8% 11,794
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

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.