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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in August 2009 at 6.6% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Missouri 3.4% -0.1 -1.1
Columbia 2.5% +0.4 -0.7
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: Columbia, Missouri, National

Columbia, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbia, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbia peaked in November 2010 at 6,055. There are now 3,605 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,103 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 347. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,450 +347 -733

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.4% 2.5% 2,450
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 2.1% 2,103
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 2.4% 2,439
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 2.5% 2,438
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 2.4% 2,343
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 2.6% 2,488
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 2.9% 2,830
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 2.8% 2,708
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 2.7% 2,647
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.0% 2,988
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 3.0% 3,007

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.