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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2016 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 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 3.8% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Ohio 5.2% +0.1 +0.2
Columbus 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 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 53,540 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,561 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,900. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 44,461 -266 -216

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 5.1%
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 4.2% 44,461
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 4.2% 44,727
February
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.2% 44,048
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.3% 44,698
December
2015
5.0% 4.8% 4.3% 44,668
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.2% 43,576
October
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.0% 41,816
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.9% 40,191
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 3.8% 39,561
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 3.9% 40,367
June
2015
5.3% 4.8% 4.1% 42,358

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.