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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.1%. 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 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 -0.6
Columbus 3.1% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 3,986. There are now 2,570 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,416 -24 -122

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.1% 1,416
November
2016
4.6% 4.2% 3.2% 1,440
October
2016
4.8% 4.4% 3.4% 1,534
September
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.5% 1,610
August
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.6% 1,646
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 3.3% 1,486
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 3.4% 1,529
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 3.4% 1,556
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 3.8% 1,714
March
2016
5.0% 5.0% 3.7% 1,689
February
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.5% 1,565

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.