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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton fell 0.3 percentage points in September 2017 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Ohio 5.3% -0.1 +0.3
Canton 5.2% -0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 15,980 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 229. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 10,248 -670 -1,013

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 5.1%
September
2017
4.2% 5.3% 5.2% 10,248
August
2017
4.4% 5.4% 5.5% 10,918
July
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.4% 10,685
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

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.