Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.7%. 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Ohio 4.7% +0.1 +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 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in January 2010 at 650,919. There are now 381,729 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 257,291 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,899. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 269,190 +2,069 +11,620

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to January 2019

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.7% 269,190
December 2018 3.9% 4.6% 267,121
November 2018 3.7% 4.6% 266,598
October 2018 3.8% 4.6% 264,945
September 2018 3.7% 4.6% 263,008
August 2018 3.8% 4.6% 262,338
July 2018 3.9% 4.6% 262,852
June 2018 4.0% 4.6% 263,698
May 2018 3.8% 4.6% 263,663
April 2018 3.9% 4.6% 262,001
March 2018 4.0% 4.5% 259,463