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Dayton, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dayton rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Dayton peaked in December 2009 at 12.1% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Dayton 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
Dayton 4.2% +0.2 -0.4
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: 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 January 2010 at 48,226. There are now 31,662 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,735 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,829. Dayton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dayton, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Dayton 16,564 +848 -1,381

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dayton, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployment Rate
Dayton
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.2% 16,564
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.0% 15,716
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.7% 14,735
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 15,178
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.0% 15,506
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.6% 18,063
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.6% 17,974
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.6% 17,988
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 4.7% 18,343
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.8% 18,571
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.7% 18,257

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.