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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati fell 3.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cincinnati peaked in April 2020 at 14.5% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Ohio 13.9% -3.7 +9.8
Cincinnati 11.5% -3.0 +7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cincinnati, Ohio, National

Cincinnati, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cincinnati peaked in April 2020 at 155,609. There are now 29,162 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 126,447 -29,162 +84,829

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 10.9%
May
2020
13.3% 13.9% 11.5% 126,447
April
2020
14.7% 17.6% 14.5% 155,609
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 4.3% 48,056
February
2020
3.5% 4.1% 3.7% 41,597
January
2020
3.6% 4.1% 3.7% 41,902
December
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.6% 40,810
November
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.7% 41,360
October
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.7% 41,889
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.8% 42,389
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.8% 42,717
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.8% 42,676

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.