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Akron, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Akron fell 3.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Akron peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Akron unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Ohio 13.7% -3.9 +9.6
Akron 13.0% -3.2 +8.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Akron, Ohio, National

Akron, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Akron, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Akron peaked in April 2020 at 55,522. There are now 10,891 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Akron employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Akron, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Akron 44,631 -10,891 +29,592

Number of Unemployed Persons

Akron, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.7% 13.0% 44,631
April
2020
14.7% 17.6% 16.2% 55,522
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 5.0% 17,811
February
2020
3.5% 4.1% 4.3% 15,329
January
2020
3.6% 4.1% 4.3% 15,345
December
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.2% 14,969
November
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.2% 15,217
October
2019
3.6% 4.1% 4.3% 15,445
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.3% 15,636
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.4% 15,717
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 15,604

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.