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Akron, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Akron fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Akron peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Akron unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Ohio 5.3% -0.3 +0.8
Akron 5.5% -0.2 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 36,023 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Akron employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Akron, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Akron 19,499 -380 +4,154

Number of Unemployed Persons

Akron, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.0%
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.5% 19,499
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.7% 19,879
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.7% 20,091
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 6.4% 22,443
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 8.3% 29,026
August
2020
8.4% 9.0% 9.0% 31,738
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 9.2% 31,669
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 10.9% 38,629
May
2020
13.3% 14.9% 13.1% 45,052
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 16.2% 55,522

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.