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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.8%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Ohio 4.3% 0.0 -0.8
Cleveland 4.8% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 June 2009 at 93,810. There are now 44,335 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 1,443. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 49,475 +12 -9,839

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.8% 49,475
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 55,717
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 56,043
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.5% 57,021
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.6% 57,958
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 5.7% 58,585

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.