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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cincinnati peaked in April 2020 at 14.5% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Ohio 5.0% -0.3 +0.3
Cincinnati 4.9% -0.2 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 100,300 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 55,309 -1,409 +13,712

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 4.9% 55,309
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.1% 56,718
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 57,610
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 57,899
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.9% 67,146
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 7.0% 78,492
August
2020
8.4% 9.0% 8.0% 90,154
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 7.5% 81,970
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 8.8% 98,242
May
2020
13.3% 14.9% 11.5% 126,968
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 14.5% 155,609

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.