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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2014 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 8.2% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in September 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Indiana 5.7% 0.0 -1.4
Bloomington 5.7% +0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 data as November 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 7,924. There are now 2,479 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,293 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 152. Bloomington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bloomington, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 5,445 +152 -758

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8%
October
2014
5.8% 5.7% 5.7% 5,445
September
2014
5.9% 5.7% 5.5% 5,293
August
2014
6.1% 5.8% 5.6% 5,327
July
2014
6.2% 5.9% 5.6% 5,364
June
2014
6.1% 5.9% 5.6% 5,406
May
2014
6.3% 5.7% 5.6% 5,388
April
2014
6.3% 5.7% 5.6% 5,395
March
2014
6.7% 5.9% 5.8% 5,572
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 6.0% 5,726
January
2014
6.6% 6.3% 6.1% 5,754
December
2013
6.7% 6.8% 6.3% 5,981
November
2013
7.0% 6.9% 6.4% 6,087

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.