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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2017 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 5.0% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Ohio 5.2% +0.2 +0.3
Canton 5.4% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2017 data as August 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 15,540 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,019 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 669. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 10,688 +67 +102

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
August
2017
4.4% 5.4%
July
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.4% 10,688
June
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.4% 10,621
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.1% 10,210
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.0% 10,019
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 5.3% 10,485
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

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.