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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati fell 0.3 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cincinnati peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Ohio 5.4% 0.0 -3.6
Cincinnati 5.0% -0.3 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 95,883 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 50,463 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,145. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 55,608 -1,887 -33,889

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 5.4% 5.0% 55,608
July
2021
5.4% 5.4% 5.3% 57,495
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.3% 57,925
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.7% 50,463
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

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.