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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 3.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 20.2% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Ohio 13.7% -3.9 +9.6
Cleveland 16.9% -3.3 +12.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 23,093 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 177,225 -23,093 +135,419

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.7% 16.9% 177,225
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 4.1% 4.0% 41,604
December
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.9% 41,165
November
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.9% 41,139
October
2019
3.6% 4.1% 4.0% 41,216
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.0% 41,455
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.0% 41,720
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.0% 41,868

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.