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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 10.4% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus 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
Columbus 3.5% -0.1 -1.0
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: 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 3,979. There are now 2,422 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,446 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 111. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,557 -73 -384

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.5% 1,557
November
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.6% 1,630
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.5% 1,531
September
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.4% 1,511
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.3% 1,446
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 3.6% 1,571
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 3.4% 1,477
May
2015
5.5% 5.1% 3.6% 1,578
April
2015
5.4% 5.4% 3.6% 1,547
March
2015
5.5% 5.8% 4.1% 1,792
February
2015
5.5% 5.9% 4.1% 1,802

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.