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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in March 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 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
Ohio 4.7% +0.2 -0.4
Columbus 4.2% +0.1 -0.1
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, Ohio, National

Columbus, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbus, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbus peaked in March 2010 at 98,179. There are now 54,289 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,279 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,611. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 43,890 +1,302 -500

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.2% 43,890
November
2015
5.0% 4.5% 4.1% 42,588
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.9% 40,122
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.7% 38,254
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.6% 37,279
July
2015
5.3% 5.0% 3.9% 40,973
June
2015
5.3% 5.2% 4.0% 41,258
May
2015
5.5% 5.2% 4.2% 43,150
April
2015
5.4% 5.2% 4.1% 41,684
March
2015
5.5% 5.1% 4.2% 42,997
February
2015
5.5% 5.1% 4.2% 43,663

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.