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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Ohio 4.7% +0.2 -0.4
Canton 5.5% -0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 26,238. There are now 15,136 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,378 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,724. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 11,102 -146 +816

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.5% 11,102
November
2015
5.0% 4.5% 5.6% 11,248
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 5.2% 10,373
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 5.0% 10,019
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.7% 9,378
July
2015
5.3% 5.0% 5.0% 10,160
June
2015
5.3% 5.2% 5.0% 10,182
May
2015
5.5% 5.2% 5.4% 10,837
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

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.