Unemployment in Ohio at the end of 2021

This short article discusses changes in the unemployment rate in Ohio, broken down by important categories: first, the unemployment rate over time, followed by the unemployment rate by metro versus non-metro counties in the state and then by sector nationally. Following these data-driven comparisons, there is a brief discussion of what the unemployment rate means and how it is calculated, with a particular emphasis on who is not captured by this metric. Finally, the role unemployment benefits play in keeping people unemployed has long been an open question, and the pandemic relief payments, which ended in about half the states in June or July 2021 and the other half in September 2021, provide a useful way to examine that question. This examination is presented at the end of this article.

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Monday, January 3, 2022