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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 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 4.1% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Ohio 5.2% 0.0 -0.5
Columbus 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 55,007 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 41,684 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,488. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 43,172 +1,488 -6,722

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.2% 4.2% 43,172
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
July
2014
6.2% 5.5% 4.8% 48,967
June
2014
6.1% 5.6% 4.8% 49,472

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.