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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 10.4% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Indiana 5.2% +0.2 +0.3
Columbus 3.8% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Columbus, Indiana, National

Columbus, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbus, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbus peaked in March 2010 at 3,986. There are now 2,271 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,479 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 236. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,715 +26 +172

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 5.0%
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 3.8% 1,715
March
2016
5.0% 5.0% 3.7% 1,689
February
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.5% 1,565
January
2016
4.9% 4.6% 3.4% 1,515
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 3.5% 1,538
November
2015
5.0% 4.5% 3.5% 1,578
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 3.5% 1,565
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.4% 1,509
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.4% 1,479
July
2015
5.3% 4.6% 3.4% 1,490
June
2015
5.3% 4.7% 3.5% 1,519

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.