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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.6%. 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 January 2010 at 10.4% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Ohio 4.1% +0.1 -0.5
Cincinnati 3.6% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 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 February 2010 at 115,082. There are now 73,518 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,594 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,970. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 41,564 +956 -2,533

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.2%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 41,564
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.6% 40,608
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.5% 39,594
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.5% 39,882
April
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.6% 41,191
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 3.8% 42,966
February
2019
3.8% 4.6% 3.9% 44,204
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.0% 45,065
December
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.0% 44,779
November
2018
3.7% 4.6% 4.0% 44,688
October
2018
3.8% 4.6% 4.0% 44,388

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.