Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Ohio peaked in April 2020 at 16.4% and is now 11.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Ohio 5.0% -0.3 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 620,072 fewer people unemployed in the state. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 288,790 -17,292 +9,387

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 5.0% 288,790
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
September 2020 7.8% 7.4% 418,441
August 2020 8.4% 9.0% 522,877
July 2020 10.2% 9.3% 536,234
June 2020 11.1% 10.3% 587,694
May 2020 13.3% 14.9% 866,602
April 2020 14.8% 16.4% 908,862