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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2014 to 4.3%. 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 July 2009 at 10.2% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Indiana 5.7% 0.0 -1.4
Columbus 4.3% +0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 data as November 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 July 2009 at 3,891. There are now 2,048 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,705 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 138. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,843 +43 -459

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 5.7%
October
2014
5.8% 5.7% 4.3% 1,843
September
2014
5.9% 5.7% 4.2% 1,800
August
2014
6.1% 5.8% 4.2% 1,791
July
2014
6.2% 5.9% 4.3% 1,810
June
2014
6.1% 5.9% 4.3% 1,791
May
2014
6.3% 5.7% 4.1% 1,719
April
2014
6.3% 5.7% 4.0% 1,705
March
2014
6.7% 5.9% 4.3% 1,795
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 4.6% 1,918
January
2014
6.6% 6.3% 4.9% 2,023
December
2013
6.7% 6.8% 5.3% 2,192
November
2013
7.0% 6.9% 5.4% 2,245

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.