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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in December 2009 at 8.9% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Ohio 4.6% 0.0 -0.3
Cleveland 5.1% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 June 2009 at 93,810. There are now 40,777 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 48,032 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,001. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 53,033 -17 -3,010

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.1% 53,033
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.1% 53,050
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.1% 53,121
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.1% 52,251
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 5.0% 51,206
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.8% 49,471
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.8% 49,463
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.9% 50,549
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 5.1% 52,530
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.3% 54,496
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 55,740

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.