Department of Numbers

Ohio Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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. From a post peak low of 4.7% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Ohio unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Ohio 5.0% +0.3 -9.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Ohio, National

Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 631,085 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 271,280 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,497. Ohio job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ohio 277,777 +4,885 -588,825

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 277,777
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
September 2020 7.8% 7.4% 418,441
August 2020 8.4% 9.0% 522,877
July 2020 10.2% 9.3% 536,234