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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in March 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Indiana 3.7% -0.2 -0.4
Indianapolis 3.3% -0.3 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Indianapolis, Indiana, National

Indianapolis, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Indianapolis peaked in March 2010 at 97,619. There are now 63,379 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,596 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,644. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 34,240 -2,959 -4,336

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 34,240
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 37,199
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.8% 40,070
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.7% 39,041
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.1% 32,759
June
2017
4.3% 3.0% 2.8% 29,045
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.8% 28,596
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 2.8% 29,676
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.4% 35,470
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.8% 39,550
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.7% 38,856

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.