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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.4%. 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 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Ohio 5.2% 0.0 -0.5
Canton 5.4% +0.1 -0.3
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 26,238. There are now 15,397 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,273 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 568. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 10,841 +217 -614

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.2% 5.4% 10,841
April
2015
5.4% 5.2% 5.3% 10,624
March
2015
5.5% 5.1% 5.2% 10,583
February
2015
5.5% 5.1% 5.1% 10,273
January
2015
5.7% 5.1% 5.3% 10,717
December
2014
5.6% 5.1% 5.1% 10,286
November
2014
5.8% 5.2% 5.3% 10,650
October
2014
5.7% 5.2% 5.3% 10,813
September
2014
5.9% 5.3% 5.4% 10,979
August
2014
6.1% 5.4% 5.6% 11,319
July
2014
6.2% 5.5% 5.7% 11,493
June
2014
6.1% 5.6% 5.7% 11,460

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.