Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Ohio 5.7% -0.4 +1.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in April 2020 at 999,218. There are now 675,109 fewer people unemployed in the state. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 324,109 -31,572 +87,139

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 5.7% 324,109
October 2020 6.9% 6.1% 355,681
September 2020 7.8% 8.3% 468,690
August 2020 8.4% 8.9% 510,169
July 2020 10.2% 9.0% 510,262
June 2020 11.1% 11.0% 635,681
May 2020 13.3% 13.9% 797,228
April 2020 14.8% 17.6% 999,218
March 2020 4.4% 5.8% 334,454
February 2020 3.5% 4.1% 240,841
January 2020 3.5% 4.1% 238,438