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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 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 March 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Ohio 5.1% -0.2 +0.1
Columbus 4.0% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 55,320 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,516 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,165. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 42,681 +12 -1,153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 4.0% 42,681
September
2017
4.2% 5.3% 4.0% 42,669
August
2017
4.4% 5.4% 4.2% 45,414
July
2017
4.3% 5.2% 4.2% 44,812
June
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.1% 43,732
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 3.9% 41,126
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.7% 39,516
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

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.