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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cincinnati peaked in February 2010 at 10.5% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Cincinnati 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
Cincinnati 4.1% +0.2 0.0
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: 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 March 2010 at 115,759. There are now 69,824 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,626 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,309. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 45,935 +2,995 -98

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.6% 4.1% 45,935
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 3.9% 42,940
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 3.9% 43,626
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.1% 46,652
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 4.2% 47,686
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.8% 42,988
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.7% 41,732
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.6% 39,626
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.6% 39,946
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.7% 40,779
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.1% 45,560

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.