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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in July 2009 at 10.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Indiana 5.8% +0.1 -1.0
Columbus 4.5% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 July 2009 at 3,891. There are now 1,929 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 257. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,962 +33 -230

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
January
2015
5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 5.8% 4.5% 1,962
November
2014
5.8% 5.7% 4.5% 1,929
October
2014
5.7% 5.7% 4.3% 1,844
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
6.2% 5.7% 4.0% 1,705
March
2014
6.6% 5.9% 4.3% 1,795
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 4.6% 1,918

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.