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Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 21.4% and is now 16.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Ohio 5.4% +0.2 -3.9
Cleveland 5.0% 0.0 -3.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 212,543. There are now 161,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 47,510 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,304. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 50,814 +846 -34,876

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.4% 5.0% 50,814
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.0% 49,968
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.8% 47,710
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.7% 47,510
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 5.0% 49,361
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 5.1% 50,717
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 7.3% 74,097
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 8.1% 82,186
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 8.1% 81,998
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 8.2% 81,807
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 9.1% 82,333

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.