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Dayton, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dayton fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Dayton peaked in December 2009 at 12.1% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Dayton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Ohio 5.1% -0.1 +0.2
Dayton 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Dayton, Ohio, National

Dayton, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dayton, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dayton peaked in January 2010 at 48,219. There are now 29,947 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,047 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,225. Dayton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dayton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Dayton 18,272 -520 -532

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dayton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.0%
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.7% 18,272
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 4.8% 18,792
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 4.8% 18,542
February
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.7% 18,246
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.7% 17,967
December
2015
5.0% 4.8% 4.9% 18,645
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.8% 18,472
October
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.7% 17,954
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.6% 17,345
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.5% 17,047
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 4.5% 17,286

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.