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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cincinnati peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Ohio 5.0% +0.3 -9.9
Cincinnati 4.7% +0.1 -7.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 151,491. There are now 101,072 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 50,419 -1,053 -90,426

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.7% 50,419
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.6% 51,472
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 4.7% 52,583
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 4.9% 54,464
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.9% 54,934
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.9% 54,640
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 53,290
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.7% 51,584
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 6.7% 74,723
August
2020
8.4% 9.0% 7.9% 89,497
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 8.2% 91,759

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.