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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.5 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.5%. 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 January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Ohio 6.5% -0.4 -0.8
Columbus 5.5% -0.5 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 88,829. There are now 34,459 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 54,370 -3,979 -4,993

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.1%
February
2014
6.7% 6.5% 5.5% 54,370
January
2014
6.6% 6.9% 6.0% 58,349
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 6.3% 61,693
November
2013
7.0% 7.2% 6.5% 63,222
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 6.4% 62,207
September
2013
7.2% 7.4% 6.3% 61,343
August
2013
7.2% 7.5% 6.0% 59,144
July
2013
7.3% 7.5% 6.0% 58,520
June
2013
7.5% 7.4% 6.0% 58,965
May
2013
7.5% 7.4% 6.1% 58,960
April
2013
7.5% 7.3% 6.0% 58,445
March
2013
7.5% 7.3% 6.1% 59,660

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.