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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.1 percentage points in June 2019 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in December 2009 at 8.9% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% +0.1 -0.3
Ohio 4.0% -0.1 -0.6
Cleveland 4.2% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2019 data as July 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 49,988 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 43,822 -1,164 -8,607

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
July
2019
3.7%
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 43,822
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 4.3% 44,986
April
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.5% 46,543
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.7% 48,463
February
2019
3.8% 4.6% 4.8% 50,130
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 5.1% 52,364
December
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.1% 52,820
November
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.1% 52,734
October
2018
3.8% 4.6% 5.1% 52,487
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.0% 52,228
August
2018
3.8% 4.6% 5.0% 52,170

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.