Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2021 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in April 2020 at 16.4% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Ohio 5.4% 0.0 -2.0

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ohio peaked in April 2020 at 908,862. There are now 605,518 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 271,280 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 32,064. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 303,344 -1,633 -115,097

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Ohio from 1990 to September 2021

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 5.4% 303,344
August 2021 5.2% 5.4% 304,977
July 2021 5.4% 5.4% 300,395
June 2021 5.9% 5.2% 291,176
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 278,272
April 2021 6.1% 4.7% 272,892
March 2021 6.0% 4.7% 271,280
February 2021 6.2% 5.0% 287,758
January 2021 6.3% 5.3% 306,082
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 320,707
November 2020 6.7% 5.6% 319,591
October 2020 6.9% 5.6% 318,720