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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 20.2% and is now 13.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Ohio 5.7% -0.4 +1.6
Cleveland 6.6% -0.6 +2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 200,318. There are now 133,527 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 66,791 -6,308 +25,652

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.7% 6.6% 66,791
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 7.2% 73,099
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 10.5% 96,557
August
2020
8.4% 8.9% 10.5% 107,026
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 11.4% 114,150
June
2020
11.1% 11.0% 13.5% 141,654
May
2020
13.3% 13.9% 17.1% 178,942
April
2020
14.8% 17.6% 20.2% 200,318
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 7.0% 70,483
February
2020
3.5% 4.1% 4.1% 42,325
January
2020
3.5% 4.1% 4.0% 41,604

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.