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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in March 2010 at 9.7% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Ohio 5.0% -0.1 0.0
Columbus 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 98,001. There are now 58,493 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 39,508 -2,202 -4,664

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.9%
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.7% 39,508
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 3.9% 41,710
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.2% 45,288
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.3% 45,388
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.2% 44,251
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.1% 43,475
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.2% 43,834
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.2% 44,151
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.0% 42,710
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.9% 41,315
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.9% 41,220

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.