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Akron, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Akron rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Akron peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Akron unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Ohio 5.4% +0.2 -3.9
Akron 5.8% +0.1 -4.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 51,901. There are now 32,020 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,509 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,372. Akron employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Akron, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Akron 19,881 +602 -16,811

Number of Unemployed Persons

Akron, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.4% 5.8% 19,881
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.7% 19,279
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.5% 18,599
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 5.1% 18,281
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 5.0% 18,019
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 5.0% 17,895
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.9% 17,605
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.0% 17,509
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.0% 17,661
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.1% 17,820
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 7.6% 27,198

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.