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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Indiana 3.8% +0.3 -0.5
Bloomington 4.2% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 3,644 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,261 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 979.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,240 +57 -308

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 3.9%
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 4.2% 3,240
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 4.1% 3,183
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.3% 2,524
June
2017
4.4% 3.0% 3.0% 2,261
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.2% 2,435
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

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.