Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 11.1% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Ohio 4.6% 0.0 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with August data as September state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 650,919. There are now 383,111 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 248,911 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 18,897. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 267,808 +2,632 -23,120

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to August 2018

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 4.6% 267,808
July 2018 3.9% 4.6% 265,176
June 2018 4.0% 4.5% 259,380
May 2018 3.8% 4.3% 249,940
April 2018 3.9% 4.3% 248,911
March 2018 4.1% 4.4% 252,571
February 2018 4.1% 4.5% 261,548
January 2018 4.1% 4.7% 271,269
December 2017 4.1% 4.9% 281,000
November 2017 4.1% 4.9% 280,917
October 2017 4.1% 4.9% 282,447