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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in December 2009 at 8.9% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Ohio 4.8% -0.3 -0.2
Cleveland 5.8% -0.4 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cleveland, Ohio, National

Cleveland, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cleveland peaked in June 2009 at 93,948. There are now 33,747 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 47,355 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,846. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 60,201 -3,898 +2,181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.8% 60,201
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 6.2% 64,099
September
2017
4.2% 5.3% 6.4% 66,105
August
2017
4.4% 5.4% 6.3% 65,714
July
2017
4.3% 5.2% 6.0% 62,138
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.9% 61,764
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 6.1% 62,743
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 6.2% 63,776
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 6.3% 64,452
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 6.1% 62,708
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 5.8% 59,673

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.