Summit County unemployment rate peaks in June


Summit County’s unemployment rate rose from May to June – to its highest level this year – while showing improvement from a year ago.

The county’s rate in June was 6.6%, down from 5.5% in May and down from 10.6% a year ago at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Akron’s unemployment rate last month was 8%, down from 6.9% in May and 13.1% in June 2020.

The unemployment rate in Cuyahoga Falls in June was 6%, down from 5% in May and down from 9.9% a year ago.

A key employment figure, the number of people employed in Summit County for the month of June improved slightly from a 21-year low set in 2020.

But the number of people employed in June in the county was also the lowest number for 2021; the unemployment rate of 6.6% was also the highest of the year.

Last month, 242,800 people were counted as employed in the county, down 1,900 from 243,900 in May and up 2,100 from 240,700 in June 2020, according to state figures. Last month, 17,200 people were unemployed, up from 28,500 in June 2020. Last month’s labor force was 259,900, up from 269,100 a year ago.

The number of people with a job last month was the second lowest number for June, reaching 2000.

The peak for the month of June was 282,000 people employed in 2007, meaning there were 39,200 more people with jobs in the county in June 2007 than there were last month.

There were 268,400 people enumerated as working in June 2000 and 12,800 unemployed people; the size of the labor force was then 281,200.

Unemployment rates rose in all 88 counties in Ohio last month. The low was 3.8% in Holmes County, with a high of 8.7% in Erie County.

Rates elsewhere in Northeast Ohio for June, May, and June 2020:

  • Cuyahoga County: 7.1, 5.7, 14
  • Cleveland: 9.2, 7.4, 18.1
  • Medina County: 5, 3.6, 9.9
  • Portage County: 5.8, 4.5, 8.9
  • County of Stark: 6.3, 5.3, 10
  • Cantons: 8.1, 6.9, 12.4
  • Wayne County: 4.8, 3.5, 7.5

Rates have not been adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.

Ohio had a comparable unemployment rate of 6.3%. The state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 5.2%.

The United States had a comparable rate of 6.1%, with the seasonally adjusted rate being 5.9%.

Jim Mackinnon covers business. He can be reached at 330-996-3544 or [email protected] Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ on Twitter or at


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