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Akron, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Akron rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.5%. 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 January 2010 at 11.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Akron unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Ohio 4.3% 0.0 -0.8
Akron 4.5% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 March 2010 at 42,594. There are now 26,201 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,236 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,157. Akron employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Akron, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Akron 16,393 +295 -1,864

Number of Unemployed Persons

Akron, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployment Rate
Akron
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.5% 16,393
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.4% 16,098
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.2% 15,236
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 15,394
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 15,932
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.9% 17,779
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.9% 17,744
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.9% 17,708
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.0% 18,107
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.1% 18,459
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 5.1% 18,308

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.