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Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cincinnati fell 0.5 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cincinnati peaked in February 2010 at 10.5% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Cincinnati unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Ohio 4.6% -0.1 +0.1
Cincinnati 3.6% -0.5 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 74,311 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 1,822. Cincinnati employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cincinnati, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cincinnati 41,448 -4,548 +1,502

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cincinnati, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployment Rate
Cincinnati
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.6% 3.6% 41,448
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 45,996
December
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.2% 46,510
November
2018
3.7% 4.6% 3.9% 43,655
October
2018
3.8% 4.6% 4.1% 45,937
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 3.9% 42,940
August
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.9% 43,626
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.1% 46,652
June
2018
4.0% 4.6% 4.2% 47,686
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.8% 42,988
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 3.7% 41,732

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.