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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.0%. 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 8.8% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Indiana 5.0% -0.2 +0.2
Bloomington 5.0% -0.6 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 2,977 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,538 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 369.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,907 -463 -35

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.8%
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 5.0% 3,907
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
January
2016
4.9% 4.6% 5.1% 3,883
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.0% 3,843
November
2015
5.0% 4.5% 5.0% 3,825
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 4.9% 3,738
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 4.8% 3,606
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.7% 3,538
July
2015
5.3% 4.6% 4.7% 3,591

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.