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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton rose 0.3 percentage points in April 2018 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Ohio 4.3% -0.1 -0.8
Canton 4.9% +0.3 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Canton, Ohio, National

Canton, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Canton, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Canton peaked in February 2010 at 26,196. There are now 16,365 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,096 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 735. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 9,831 +611 -636

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.3%
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.9% 9,831
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.6% 9,220
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 9,096
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 9,496
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 10,303
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 10,313
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 10,317
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.2% 10,463
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.3% 10,627
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 5.2% 10,516
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 5.2% 10,361

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.