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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.5%. 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 April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Ohio 4.0% 0.0 -0.7
Cincinnati 3.5% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 144,129. There are now 104,270 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,499 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,360. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 39,859 +128 -5,593

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 3.5% 39,859
August
2022
3.7% 4.0% 3.5% 39,731
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 38,497
June
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.3% 37,729
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.3% 37,499
April
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.4% 38,164
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.4% 38,944
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 3.5% 39,881
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 3.6% 41,126
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 3.8% 43,160
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 3.8% 42,981

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.