While many places in the state have come back from the recession of nearly a decade ago, not all cities have bounced back in the same way. When looking at Akron’s unemployment rates specifically, it does about the same or a little higher than Ohio’s rates in general but surpasses some of the major cities.
As with the rest of the state, Akron hit a peak high of unemployment in 2010, with a peak of 13.7% in January of that year, with Toledo at 14.1%, Cincinnati at 11.6%, and Cleveland at a peak of 12.0% in February of that same year. Since then, all four cities’ unemployment rates declined fairly steadily, with some upswings, until February of this past year when Cleveland went from 6.3 in November 2016 to 9.6%, Toledo went from 5.3% to 6.7%, Akron went from 5.6% to 7.0%, and Cincinnati had the lowest change, from 4.3% to 5.1%, all in the same time period. As of April, Akron still outpaces Cleveland and Toledo with an unemployment rate of 5.2% as compared to 7.2% and 5.9%, respectively. As of June 2017, Akron has 18,328 people unemployed, an increase of 816 over last month and 911 more than this time last year.
So what can someone in the area do to find employment? Start by looking at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website under the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations to find out pertinent information for yourself, including benefit information, where and how to file for unemployment claims, finding a job, and all of the necessary information you need to get the most out of your unemployment benefits and get back on your feet again. Consider working with an agency like PrideStaff to find temporary work that could well lead to something permanent. They’ll also help you with your resume and connect you with local businesses looking for talent that you offer.