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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2015 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in March 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Ohio 5.2% 0.0 -0.4
Columbus 4.0% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2015 data as July 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 56,905 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 41,274 -1,876 -8,198

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
July
2015
5.3% 5.0%
June
2015
5.3% 5.2% 4.0% 41,274
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.1% 4.5% 46,591
December
2014
5.6% 5.1% 4.3% 44,390
November
2014
5.8% 5.2% 4.4% 45,206
October
2014
5.7% 5.2% 4.4% 45,484
September
2014
5.9% 5.3% 4.5% 46,403
August
2014
6.1% 5.4% 4.7% 47,991

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.