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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 8.8% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Indiana 4.4% 0.0 -1.5
Bloomington 5.1% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 2,950 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,570 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 364. Bloomington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bloomington, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,934 +21 -718

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 5.1% 3,934
November
2015
5.0% 4.4% 5.1% 3,913
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.9% 3,783
September
2015
5.1% 4.4% 4.7% 3,587
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.7% 3,570
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 5.0% 3,783
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 5.1% 3,829
May
2015
5.5% 5.1% 5.1% 3,897
April
2015
5.4% 5.4% 5.2% 3,931
March
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.7% 4,333
February
2015
5.5% 5.9% 5.7% 4,407

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.