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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Ohio 5.1% -0.1 -1.6
Columbus 4.0% 0.0 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 February 2010 at 88,555. There are now 49,556 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 38,999 -570 -21,390

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 5.1%
January
2015
5.7% 5.1%
December
2014
5.6% 5.1% 4.0% 38,999
November
2014
5.8% 5.2% 4.0% 39,569
October
2014
5.7% 5.2% 4.2% 41,092
September
2014
5.9% 5.3% 4.4% 42,761
August
2014
6.1% 5.4% 4.4% 43,318
July
2014
6.2% 5.5% 4.4% 43,802
June
2014
6.1% 5.6% 4.4% 43,812
May
2014
6.3% 5.7% 4.6% 45,001
April
2014
6.2% 5.9% 4.8% 46,913
March
2014
6.6% 6.0% 5.1% 50,641

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.