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Dayton, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dayton rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Dayton peaked in December 2009 at 12.1% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Dayton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Ohio 5.1% +0.1 +0.1
Dayton 4.8% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 29,700 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,443 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,076. Dayton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dayton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Dayton 18,519 +441 +273

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dayton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.1%
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.8% 18,519
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.7% 18,078
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.7% 18,136
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.7% 17,770
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.9% 18,746
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.9% 18,796
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.4% 16,976
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.2% 16,443
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.5% 17,541
May
2016
4.7% 4.9% 4.7% 18,259
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 4.8% 18,792

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.