Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Ohio 4.1% 0.0 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 650,919. There are now 412,450 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 236,411 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,058. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 238,469 +1,581 -9,661

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to January 2020

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 4.1% 238,469
December 2019 3.5% 4.1% 236,888
November 2019 3.5% 4.1% 236,970
October 2019 3.6% 4.1% 238,144
September 2019 3.5% 4.1% 240,086
August 2019 3.7% 4.2% 241,438
July 2019 3.7% 4.2% 241,034
June 2019 3.7% 4.1% 238,856
May 2019 3.6% 4.1% 236,756
April 2019 3.6% 4.1% 236,411
March 2019 3.8% 4.1% 238,543