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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Ohio 5.1% 0.0 +0.1
Canton 5.3% -0.3 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April 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 15,720 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,089 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 419. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 10,508 -775 -857

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 5.0%
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 5.3% 10,508
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 5.6% 11,283
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 11,123
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 5.5% 10,787
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 5.5% 10,828
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 11,106
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.7% 11,261
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.5% 10,956
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.3% 10,586
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.3% 10,495
May
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.4% 10,829

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.