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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2022 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 21.2% and is now 15.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in November 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Ohio 4.1% -0.1 -1.6
Cleveland 5.4% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2022 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cleveland, Ohio, National

Cleveland, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 208,786. There are now 153,738 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 53,572 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,476. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 55,048 +1,476 -7,644

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
April
2022
3.6%
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.4% 55,048
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 5.3% 53,572
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 5.3% 53,622
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 5.3% 54,160
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 5.3% 54,534
October
2021
4.6% 4.5% 5.4% 55,386
September
2021
4.7% 4.7% 5.6% 56,938
August
2021
5.2% 4.9% 5.8% 59,118
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.9% 60,458
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 6.1% 61,640
May
2021
5.8% 5.4% 6.1% 61,539

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.