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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 -0.6
Bloomington 4.3% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 data as January 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 3,590 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,294 -139 -549

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 4.3% 3,294
November
2016
4.6% 4.2% 4.5% 3,433
October
2016
4.8% 4.4% 4.7% 3,613
September
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.9% 3,838
August
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.9% 3,852
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.8% 3,686
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.8% 3,719
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 5.0% 3,909
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 5.6% 4,370
March
2016
5.0% 5.0% 5.4% 4,168
February
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.2% 4,006

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.