Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.8%. 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 8.2% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in September 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Indiana 5.9% 0.0 -0.4
Bloomington 5.8% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 7,924. There are now 2,275 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 356. Bloomington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bloomington, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 5,649 +73 -332

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 5.8%
February
2015
5.5% 5.9%
January
2015
5.7% 6.0%
December
2014
5.6% 5.9% 5.8% 5,649
November
2014
5.8% 5.9% 5.8% 5,576
October
2014
5.7% 5.8% 5.7% 5,446
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 5.5% 5,293
August
2014
6.1% 5.8% 5.6% 5,327
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 5.6% 5,364
June
2014
6.1% 5.9% 5.6% 5,406
May
2014
6.3% 6.0% 5.6% 5,388

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.