Unemployment in your neighborhood
Unemployment rates are the lowest they've been in nearly 50 years, which is a vast improvement.

However, it still means that 6 million Americans are without jobs. Certain communities, such as those with lower education levels, are hit disproportionately hard – and within these communities, the availability of living-wage jobs may mean that even the employed are living in poverty.

Unemployment in your neighborhood
Unemployment rates vary around the area. Hover your mouse over the different areas on the map to view the unemployment rates for each zip code. Zoom in and out by clicking the +/- icons on the left-hand side of the map, or by placing your cursor over the map and scrolling up or down. Dark blue signifies areas with higher unemployment rates, while light blue highlights those with lower rates.

Unemployment Rate by Census Tract

% of population that is unemployed

3.7%

USA

4.7%

Ohio

4.5%

Cuyahoga County

5.4%

Cleveland

Unemployment Rate by Census Tract

Data Source: US Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

How to Use the Map
Education and employment
Unemployment isn't the only problem

Although unemployment rates are down overall, a lack of jobs that pay a living wage means that millions more struggle to pay for basic needs like housing, healthcare and food – even while working 40 hours a week.

With more and more jobs requiring higher-level degrees or credentials, fewer living-wage positions are accessible to people without the requisite education. This results in unemployment or having to settle for a job that can’t pay the bills.

65%

By 2020 65% of jobs in the region will require some type of education beyond high school.

54%

Less than 54% of adults in the region have education beyond high school.

Education levels in Cleveland

53.9% of Clevelanders have a high-school education or below and are not prepared for 2020 work requirements.

The Job-Seeker Skill Gap

While the U.S. economy will grow from 140 million to 165 million jobs by 2020, many of them will require higher education

35%

of the job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree

30%

of the job openings will require some college or an associate’s degree

36%

of the job openings will only require a high school education

The impact of a degree

Higher education levels open up more opportunities – and can mean higher salaries.

People who have higher levels of education (even a one-year certificate or two-year degree) are more likely to be employed and earn more money. Unemployment rates are higher for workers without a high school diploma, and earning potential is lower.


Average weekly income by education level in USA

$520

Less than high school diploma

$712

High school graduate (includes equivalency)

$798

Some college, no degree

$1,173

Associate’s degree

$1,279

Bachelor’s degree

$1,470

Graduate or professional degree

Average education and median income in Cleveland

Education Level (bachelor’s or higher)

Median Household Income

Making a living wage

Unemployment rates are the lowest they’ve been in nearly 50 years, which is a vast improvement.

However, it still means that 6 million Americans are without jobs. Certain communities, such as those with lower education levels, are hit disproportionately hard – and within these communities, the availability of living-wage jobs may mean that even the employed are living in poverty.

$10.40per hour

A “living wage” in Cleveland (annual income of $21,632 for one person)

$8.55per hour

Minimum wage in Cleveland (annual income of $17,784 for one person)

Addiction can affect everyone
Addiction affects people all across the Greater Cleveland area. Hover your mouse over the different areas to view the number of fatal overdoses and median income for each zip code. Zoom in and out by clicking the +/- icons on the left-hand side of the map, or by placing your cursor over the map and scrolling up or down. Dark blue signifies zip codes with higher overdose rates, while light blue highlights those with lower rates. The orange circles highlight the areas with the highest concentrations of overdoses.

Median Income by Zip Code/ All Fatal Overdoses 2012-July 2018 by Zip Code

Making a living wage
The percentage of people living under the poverty line varies by area. Hover your mouse over the different areas on the map to view the poverty rates for each zip code. Zoom in and out by clicking the +/- icons on the left-hand side of the map, or by placing your cursor over the map and scrolling up or down. Dark blue signifies zip codes with higher percentages of people living below the poverty line, while light blue highlights those with lower rates.

Percent Below Federal Poverty Level by Census Tract

$27,854

Median income for Cleveland households.

46%

In 2017, Cleveland households reported income under $24,999.

58%

of households in Cleveland are not making a living wage for a family of 1 child and 1 adult.

71.9%

of households in Cleveland are not making a living wage for a family of 2 children and 1 adult.

% Below Federal Poverty Level by Census Tract

Data Source: US Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

How to Use the Map
Getting job ready
The best way to break the cycle of unemployment is to get people trained for the workforce.

This means preparing people for high-demand jobs that have a path to a living wage, such as careers in manufacturing, healthcare, construction, customer service and IT.

In 2018, United Way of Greater Cleveland partnered with 15 workforce development programs. Through these partnerships:

3,400

people retained a job for 90 days or more.

3,500

people increased their earnings.

4,100

people obtained jobs.

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