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Canton-Massillon, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Canton rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Canton peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Canton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Ohio 4.6% 0.0 -0.3
Canton 5.0% +0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 16,250 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 850. Canton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Canton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Canton 9,946 +650 -371

Number of Unemployed Persons

Canton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployment Rate
Canton
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.0% 9,946
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 4.7% 9,296
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.8% 9,432
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.0% 9,945
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 5.2% 10,465
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.9% 9,781
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.9% 9,825
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

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.