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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 8.8% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Indiana 3.2% -0.4 -1.4
Bloomington 3.1% -0.4 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bloomington, Indiana, National

Bloomington, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 6,884. There are now 4,447 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 2,437 -244 -1,364

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 3.0%
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.1% 2,437
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.5% 2,681
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 4.1% 3,159
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 4.3% 3,283
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.3% 3,325
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 4.2% 3,227
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.3% 3,305
October
2016
4.8% 4.2% 4.4% 3,429
September
2016
4.9% 4.3% 4.6% 3,548
August
2016
4.9% 4.4% 4.6% 3,598
July
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 3,572

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.