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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.6 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 10.4% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Indiana 3.5% +0.4 -0.9
Columbus 3.1% +0.6 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 2,579 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,000 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 407. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,407 +245 -134

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.8%
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.1% 1,407
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.5% 1,162
June
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.2% 1,001
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.2% 1,000
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 2.3% 1,028
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 2.6% 1,191
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.0% 1,360
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.0% 1,363
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.2% 1,405
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 3.3% 1,439
October
2016
4.8% 4.2% 3.4% 1,497

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.