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Dayton, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dayton rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Dayton peaked in April 2020 at 16.0% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Dayton 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
Dayton 5.7% +0.1 -3.9
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: Dayton, Ohio, National

Dayton, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dayton, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dayton peaked in April 2020 at 59,896. There are now 38,638 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,129 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,129. Dayton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dayton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dayton 21,258 +365 -16,592

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dayton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.4% 5.7% 21,258
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.6% 20,893
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.5% 20,382
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 5.2% 20,330
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 5.2% 20,321
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 5.3% 20,530
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.2% 20,352
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 20,409
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 19,826
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.0% 19,129
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 7.5% 29,429

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.